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Thread: Increasing BF with Fasting and Crossfit

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    Everyone here is giving great advice, David. Also, don't forget that some body fat is necessary. Even if it's double digits. A man can easily be lean and in great shape carry between 10% and 14% body fat. If lower, even better, but you'd be surprised at some people you think are single digit, but aren't. Remember that boy fat is an insulator for heat, protects your internal organs as a cushion and provides stored energy for famine (or intermittent fasts).


    As everyone has said, your fat may be higher despite your already low weight due to having less lean mass. Work more on resistance training (weights or body weight) to build that up and you should see a gradual change in body composition. Also, please re-evaluate that recommendation of 138 pounds. Not sure where you got that figure, but that sounds quite underweight for a man of your 6-foot stature.


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    In my opinion:


    Crossfit everyday + not enough protein + not enough glucose + 56 yrs old = Over-trained.


    I would would be more concerned with adding muscle than losing fat.


    Eat more protein (150g) and get some rest.


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    Oh, you guys are so generous with great suggestions! Thank you!!

    Listen, my current lean body mass is at approx. 138lbs. I weigh 154 lbs. I actually feel good at this weight even though I'm just a shade under 6'. I will try to eat more lean protein but when I do my stomach is extended much of the day and I feel too full. So, it's a mental battle, eat more protein = feeling too full or eat less protein = feeling just right. Problem is, I want to gain muscle mass (5 to 10 lbs.) that's been lost due to atrophy, age (56), and lack of muscle resistance. I do Crossfit for the obvious reasons, strength, agility, balance, & endurance.


    I am healthy, thank God for that!!


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    What's all this 'lean protein' talk?


    Find a big fatty hunk of steak and tear into it.


    Do that twice a day with a salad in between and you're set.


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    Gotprimal: What do you mean by: Mind->Muscle or Mind->Body?


    Scott: Will continue squats and DL. Just did BK Squats today.


    Chima: good points. Watch the amount of training, protein, and glucose!


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    Aaron, even Sisson recommends eating on the lean side of meat. He does promote meat fat is good for a person but does it provide muscle gaining benefits?


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    Chima, what do you eat for most of your glucose intake?


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    David, the extra fat provides a concentrated source of calories. Muscle growth is stimulated by caloric surplus. Also, fat is needed in your diet. For instance, saturated fat specifically... if my memory's not faulty... drives testosterone production, which in turn drives muscle growth.


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    Rachis, thanks for the reminder..extra fat.


    Chima, wow, those are the things I tend to stay away from b/c either too starchy or raises blood insulin, although (from what I read from the MDA, etc.) I don't believe I have a tendncey (oops, my spelling) towards insulin sensitivity. Then again, what is insulin sensitivity?

    guess I'll google it!


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