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    Default Toning up confusion

    I'm going to try to keep it as short as possible.

    I'm a 21 year old female and I've been trying to lose weight/ tone for a while.
    I've recently started gym again(yes it's my 2nd attempt).

    I'm 5.5/6 . I weigh 155lbs and my body fat percentage is 30%.

    Atm I'm cutting and having around 1000 - 1500 calories. I want to tone up but I don't want to be skinny. my aim is slim thick.

    I guess my question is even though my body fat percentage is high do I still need to lose weight or could it be 'converted' into muscle. And with me eating under my recommended amount will I even gain muscle at all...

    I have more questions but I'll cut it there.

    Also if anyone wants a fitness buddy I'm open to something like that I feel it's good to have encouragement

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    Welcome to RX

    Fat does not convert to muscle. Your weight may stay the same or increase and you lose fat but gain muscle. The mirror is more a deciding factor and not the scale.

    Good luck with round two in the gym.

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    Go on a keto diet with an intermittent fasting protocol 3 days per week. YouTube provides plenty of help.Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    Welcome to RX

    Fat does not convert to muscle. Your weight may stay the same or increase and you lose fat but gain muscle. The mirror is more a deciding factor and not the scale.

    Good luck with round two in the gym.
    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by kellz1000 View Post
    I'm going to try to keep it as short as possible.

    I'm a 21 year old female and I've been trying to lose weight/ tone for a while.
    I've recently started gym again(yes it's my 2nd attempt).

    I'm 5.5/6 . I weigh 155lbs and my body fat percentage is 30%.

    Atm I'm cutting and having around 1000 - 1500 calories. I want to tone up but I don't want to be skinny. my aim is slim thick.

    I guess my question is even though my body fat percentage is high do I still need to lose weight or could it be 'converted' into muscle. And with me eating under my recommended amount will I even gain muscle at all...

    I have more questions but I'll cut it there.

    Also if anyone wants a fitness buddy I'm open to something like that I feel it's good to have encouragement

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    A few points - also kept simple - which might help focus your efforts.

    You don't mean 'slim thick'. You mean LEAN 'thick' (whatever that is).

    Forget the whole 'toning' idea. In fact it's annoying because all too often it doesn't mean a damn thing. You just mean you wanna gain a little strength, have the muscle feel firmer and lose some fat. If so say so. By saying so your own training becomes more directed instead of being kind of vague.

    30% bodyfat IS FAT. So the bodyweight thing is a useless number. Look at it this way - you weigh 155lbs and 45lbs of it (30%) is fat. That means your lean mass (inc bone, guts etc) is only 110lbs. Now SOME fat is useful and I think 15-18% is a healthy number for most adult females (esp those who remain able to have kids). Try losing, or aiming to lose, about half. So 22.5lbs give or take.

    You can lose 5-6lbs in the first week just in water. Then a pound a week after that. I'd actually say go slower and take 10-months. Also allow for a small muscle gain.

    Enough to get you started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobster View Post
    A few points - also kept simple - which might help focus your efforts.

    You don't mean 'slim thick'. You mean LEAN 'thick' (whatever that is).

    Forget the whole 'toning' idea. In fact it's annoying because all too often it doesn't mean a damn thing. You just mean you wanna gain a little strength, have the muscle feel firmer and lose some fat. If so say so. By saying so your own training becomes more directed instead of being kind of vague.

    30% bodyfat IS FAT. So the bodyweight thing is a useless number. Look at it this way - you weigh 155lbs and 45lbs of it (30%) is fat. That means your lean mass (inc bone, guts etc) is only 110lbs. Now SOME fat is useful and I think 15-18% is a healthy number for most adult females (esp those who remain able to have kids). Try losing, or aiming to lose, about half. So 22.5lbs give or take.

    You can lose 5-6lbs in the first week just in water. Then a pound a week after that. I'd actually say go slower and take 10-months. Also allow for a small muscle gain.

    Enough to get you started.

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