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Is it possible to reduce bf% without cardio?

Discussion in 'Introductions & Advice For Beginners' started by Timshel, May 2, 2017.

  1. Timshel

    Timshel Active Member

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    Hi all. Silly newbie question probably, I've not been able to get a straight answer from googling :)

    I was just wondering, is it possible to reduce bf% purely through dieting and weight lifting? The reason I ask is that I've got pretty bad asthma and cardio tends to aggravate it so while I very much want to decrease my bf% I don't want to do any cardio if I can possibly help it.

    Many thanks!
     
  2. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    It certainly is... in fact, you can reduce BF by changing only one factor... your nutrition intake. if you want to lose a pound a week, you need to decrease your overall caloric intake by 3500 calories per week vs your normal caloric intake (as a general rule... there are a LOT of variables that go into that equation). It doesn't really matter if you do that through reduced consumption of food, or increased output of energy through exercise. Many professional bodybuilders (who routinely get their BF% into the low single digits) will do no cardio at all to get there (for fear of burning muscle, as opposed to fat, to fuel their bodies). With that said, however, even a brisk walk will burn some calories, so I don't see a need to eliminate cardio completely from the program, even if you have difficulty with higher-intensity exercises.
     

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