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#1 missnoodle

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:23 PM

so i exercise a lot. mostly at the gym. 

but i have the issue that my legs tend to build muscle easily and in turn look bigger which i hate so much. so i was wondering if there were any exercises/machines that are good for general weight loss without building muscle? most of the modes that burn more calories e.g higher resistance on bikes, inclines, sprinting etc. seem to be more likely to work those muscles, and the ones that don't have those settings don't burn so much energy, and that's obviously what i'm going for. 

does anybody have any suggestions? or am i being completely paranoid and none of these really build muscle?


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:36 PM

youcould be paranoid but none of us can really say so. 

 

anyway i think any physical activity that you do consistently is going to build muscle, even walking for 30minutes-an hour a day is going to build muscle, if youre a gym rat i think youre just going to have to live with the muscle gain and most likely fat loss.

 


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 04:51 AM

I have the same issue! My legs can gain muscle soooo fast it's really terrifying. But I think it's also about how much protein you are eating. It's impossible (I think) to gain real muscle if your not eating any or much protein. But since protein is pretty unavoidable, I tend to stick to walking (fast and slower) as anything else makes my legs just swell up. Maybe just try the treadmill but I donno if that will be enough for you to feel like it's a proper workout. Plus it really doesn't help that we also see ourselves through a magnifying glass.
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Posted 23 July 2018 - 07:10 AM

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 07:11 AM

Distance running, swimming, rowing machine (low - med intensity) for 40 mins to an hour. These are catabolic exercises (as opposed to strength training and sprinting, which are anabolic exercises)

 

"Reaching a catabolic state involves hormones such as cortisol, norepinephrine, and adrenaline. These are useful in burning fat and calories. Many catabolic exercises involve cardiovascular techniques, usually lasting at least 20 to 45 minutes. Examples are biking, running, swimming and playing sports. You will notice a loss of total body mass because more catabolic hormones are released compared to anabolic hormones, which build muscle and mass."

 

Basically, doing catabolic exercises will mean your body pulls energy from your fat AND muscle, resulting in overall loss of body mass. Its why bodybuilders and lifters avoid distance running and these types of exercises at all costs. And why marathon runners can work their legs and muscles all they want, but still are very very slim and don't have bulging leg muscles.


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 07:14 AM

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 07:41 AM

If your maximum calorie limit is low enough (<TDEE) you can't gain muscle.

You have to have a surplus of calories in order to build any tissue.

I used to run regularly and my quads were massive.

Now I look like I've got toothpick legs.


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 07:59 AM

^ what other people said
I usually walk, hike, or take long distance runs
During winter, I ice skate as well
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Posted 23 July 2018 - 08:06 AM

if you're eating at a deficit you can't gain muscle. your muscles may look a little bigger after working out though because they're basically recovering from trauma and retaining water, plus extra blood flow to the area


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 04:18 PM

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 05:03 PM

if you're eating at a deficit you can't gain muscle. your muscles may look a little bigger after working out though because they're basically recovering from trauma and retaining water, plus extra blood flow to the area


Definitely! Though it's hard to keep in mind when you see your legs/thighs looking 'fatter.' I need to remember this aswell.
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Posted 23 July 2018 - 05:06 PM

Yoga? Cardio

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 04:13 AM

Distance running, swimming, rowing machine (low - med intensity) for 40 mins to an hour. These are catabolic exercises (as opposed to strength training and sprinting, which are anabolic exercises)

 

"Reaching a catabolic state involves hormones such as cortisol, norepinephrine, and adrenaline. These are useful in burning fat and calories. Many catabolic exercises involve cardiovascular techniques, usually lasting at least 20 to 45 minutes. Examples are biking, running, swimming and playing sports. You will notice a loss of total body mass because more catabolic hormones are released compared to anabolic hormones, which build muscle and mass."

 

Basically, doing catabolic exercises will mean your body pulls energy from your fat AND muscle, resulting in overall loss of body mass. Its why bodybuilders and lifters avoid distance running and these types of exercises at all costs. And why marathon runners can work their legs and muscles all they want, but still are very very slim and don't have bulging leg muscles.

 

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 05:48 AM

You can lift all the heavy weights you want, but unless you fuel the tank you're not building any muscle muscle mass (unless you're a normal weight newbie and/or overweight)

 

Underweight individuals can only build muscle mass in a calorie surplus

 

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 07:35 AM

Start keeping track of body measurements, then you'll see if your legs really are getting bigger or if you're just imagining it.
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Posted 16 October 2018 - 05:34 PM

It's funny that I said you need to have a surplus of energy.

 

Because I swear when I walk every day my legs get harder.

 

Like growing muscle.

 

Exercise makes me binge though, so that's out.


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Posted 18 October 2018 - 08:21 AM

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 05:18 PM

so i exercise a lot. mostly at the gym.
but i have the issue that my legs tend to build muscle easily and in turn look bigger which i hate so much. so i was wondering if there were any exercises/machines that are good for general weight loss without building muscle? most of the modes that burn more calories e.g higher resistance on bikes, inclines, sprinting etc. seem to be more likely to work those muscles, and the ones that don't have those settings don't burn so much energy, and that's obviously what i'm going for.
does anybody have any suggestions? or am i being completely paranoid and none of these really build muscle?

If you are eating under about 800 cals then you probably won't gain much to any muscle because the small amount of food being eaten is to keep your body alive and storing it to make you not as hungry, with under 800 cals (sorry idk how much you eat but this is a nice example) you are probably getting rid of muscle not gaining it and the exercises will more or less cause fat loss, this is from my experience sorry if it's not completely accurate for you, hope this helps, stay safe and good luck (I eat 20-300 cals and burn about 200-600 cals a day and still gain no muscle) xo

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 05:30 PM

Distance running, swimming, rowing machine (low - med intensity) for 40 mins to an hour. These are catabolic exercises (as opposed to strength training and sprinting, which are anabolic exercises)

 

"Reaching a catabolic state involves hormones such as cortisol, norepinephrine, and adrenaline. These are useful in burning fat and calories. Many catabolic exercises involve cardiovascular techniques, usually lasting at least 20 to 45 minutes. Examples are biking, running, swimming and playing sports. You will notice a loss of total body mass because more catabolic hormones are released compared to anabolic hormones, which build muscle and mass."

 

Basically, doing catabolic exercises will mean your body pulls energy from your fat AND muscle, resulting in overall loss of body mass. Its why bodybuilders and lifters avoid distance running and these types of exercises at all costs. And why marathon runners can work their legs and muscles all they want, but still are very very slim and don't have bulging leg muscles.

 

This is why so many Anorectics die from cardiac arrest.  The cardiac muscle is consumed during the catabolic process and it can no longer pump blood due to a lack of muscle tissue.  Death results. 


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Posted 05 November 2018 - 05:49 PM

idk when i was eating 500 cals a day and going to the gym i DID gain leg muscle p quickly but that was only because i was new to exercising (i hear it's easier to gain muscle at a deficit if youre new to the gym). i wouldnt really worry about gaining muscle if i were you; on the contrary, this may slow down the muscle wastage that'll inevitably come with restriction (you dont want that, no matter how much you hate how muscle looks)

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