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#21 zoodlecat


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 11:37 AM

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. 

Yes... I got close to this and it was very bad. Low restricting and doing only catabolic exercise is one of the most dangerous things one can do. I hope it didn't appear I was recommending this. I was simply answering the question, but would never recommend restriction plus doing intense catabolic exercise. I think if one wants to lose weight and muscle through catabolic exercise its essential to eat enough to prevent this from happening

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 05:03 AM

Walking is great for toning the leg muscles.

You want to do repetition not resistance training.

Repetition should not involve any strain or resistance.

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 05:24 AM

Bike, treadmill etc dont "build" muscle, depends on how you use them as with everything. If you do cardio (low intensity/resistance) you focus the training in burning fat long-term, if you do hiit you focus in boosting metabolism, if you do strenght training in strenght obviously and same with volume.

If you want to lose fat aka get thin but toned I would suggest you to do hiit exercises -such as sprints since you want to work legs- and then some cardio. That way you will increase metabolic rate and then be more likely to burn fat when you do cardio. Wouldnt do hiit more than 3 times a week though cause its very stressing. The rest of the days I would go for some training that you like and then cardio -I do cardio always the last cause its the most effective way to start burning fat sooner since your metabolism is already activated due to other exercises-. Also when I do cardio I do 3 mins low intensity 1 min med/high intensity
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Posted 22 November 2018 - 05:32 AM

I have the same issues. I do a lot of sports, especially functional training and ballet and both build muscles in my thighs and calves really fast even on a cal deficit. My nutrition is mainly protein based.

I do a lot of long distance running either to rather burn body mass. But I still want to look defined, not sickly skinny or - even worse - skinny fat.

I hope as soon as the fat gets off, there are only lean muscle left..

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 02:00 AM

I understand the struggle because I suffered format myself. I used to ride a stationary bike for 1 hour a day, zero resistance and my legs were like tree trunks and at my heaviest I was 55 kg. I am 5ft 4. 


This is what I found helps me. 


I now do no exercise whatsoever except walking day to day and light stretching. 


I fast instead. I find it easier, plus I think physical exercise stimulates appetite. 


I also eat limited protein cos I think protein bulks me up. 

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 02:51 AM

I was always told that the best exercise for this purpose was swimming because it burns the most calories for a non-weight bearing cardio.


They even used to recommend that post menopausal women pick other forms of cardio because swimming doesn't* build muscle or positively effect bone density. Idk, I heard that a while ago tho. Is it still a thing?


I had to edit this...I meant to say swimming doesn't significantly build muscle in the long term. :P

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Posted 06 May 2019 - 06:31 PM

I gain muscle like crazy in my legs. It’s awful. I think that if you don’t eat a lot of calories and protein, you’ll be okay. After a while your body will start burning muscle instead of fat. And if you end up gaining muscle it’s not the end of the world, you need muscle to help aid weight loss!

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Posted 06 May 2019 - 06:34 PM

I gain muscle like crazy in my legs. It’s awful. I think that if you don’t eat a lot of calories and protein, you’ll be okay. After a while your body will start burning muscle instead of fat. And if you end up gaining muscle it’s not the end of the world, you need muscle to help aid weight loss!

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 05:51 PM

I just walk a lot

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Posted 06 April 2020 - 07:10 AM


I did this routine twice a day for about two weeks and there was a HUGE difference by the end, and it was visible. So if you're looking for any toning exercises, these are really good for that. 


For more general exercises, I'd recommend cardio of any sort really. It burns fat pretty quickly, and generally any muscle you gain from cardio (not biking) doesn't make you more bulky. Obviously avoid weights and squats. 




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Posted 06 April 2020 - 07:20 AM

Running long distances and medium pace, NO sprinting, NO incline, 3-4 hours a week. Pilates, yoga, no weights, no squats, no Lunges. This slimmed my legs down in no time.

Avoid biking, this bulks up the legs, also HIIT.

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Posted 22 April 2020 - 06:36 PM

Do cardio and don't eat caloric surplus, eat caloric deficit. You'll lose weight and after you lose a certain amount of fat your body will break down fat AND muscle.

 I used to have really muscular arms/legs from gymanstics/athletics I did when I was little and then I got fat during puberty which made me kinda look like a sumo wrestler cavewoman, but when I lost weight I lost a bunch of fat and then the muscle started eventually breaking down. My legs (quads!!!) still have some athletic curve but give it about two BMI points and I'll start seeing the chopstick legs I want.  -_-

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 08:51 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?


hi missnoodle, what a terrific question!


this thread title caught my eye, in a another world i live in here on mpa. lol

( a cult of fasters ).


so . .

i have a mild background in exercise physiology, and nutrition. not much, but it's where i like it.


it looks to me like you have strong legs.

or technically speaking, lol . .

a genetic predisposition to a high ratio of type 2 muscle fibers, in your legs.


soooo . .

if you want to keep your legs tiny, keep them clear of exercise.

focus on anything in the gym you want, that does not involve those legs.


for cardio, the elliptical machines put lower stress on leg movement ( compared to bike / treadmill ).

so if you must do cardio, go with elliptical.


here is a secret idea i had reading your post . .

a secret key, that allows for physique shape control ( your legs ), gives you exercise ( cardio ), but won't allow muscle growth . .

cut your protein.


if you do that, you will really inhibit growth. which is kinda what you we're aiming at, right?


i want to close by cautioning, that i do see this is the Anorexia Discussions forum, thus as always, be careful with your nutrition and plz be careful using the information i gave you on protein.


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 09:45 PM

omg . .

i wrote that above post, to someone who has been gone for 2 years, and this thread is 2 years old.



i should look at that next time before i post.

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