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    Too fat to start lifting weights - Start with Intermittent Fasting first?

    Due to corona I went from 20% bodyfat to much more. It is not that I am super fat, but there is an unhealthy package right now. Because I want to start working out and add muscles again I want to return to the gym and start lifting again..

    My idea was to start with IF for a month to lose my fat ASAP, before starting to bulk. Is this correct? And what IF schedule do you guys recommend? My plan is to skip breakfast and lunch and only eat diner and maybe a small snack after. Will be on a daily basis.
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    No, you should be lifting weights when trying to lose fat too - otherwise you lose muscle along with the fat.

    You don't need IF to lose weight you just need a calorie deficit. If you aren't hungry in the mornings, I suggest just having a protein shake on waking. This would be the best of both worlds - ensuring you have enough protein to support muscle retention during fat loss. Remember IF is only beneficial if it helps you manage your appetite. It has no other magic properties.
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    My main reason for choosing IF was that I eat way to much sh*t during the day, and that when doing IF, loosing fat is way faster than lifting weights and be on a calorie deficit. So for that reason I planned to do it for only 3-4 weeks as a kickstart.

    I really would like to lose 4kg/8pounds in one month. Is this realistic? If I'll decide to just eat and have a calorie deficit then I need some resources for making a eating schedule because else I guess I will eat way too much
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    You need to count calories and choose foods that fill you up without triggering your appetite regardless of the times at which you eat...

    1kg a week is pushing it unless you are quite fat. Some stats and preferable a picture would help.
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    You need to count calories and choose foods that fill you up without triggering your appetite regardless of the times at which you eat...

    1kg a week is pushing it unless you are quite fat. Some stats and preferable a picture would help.
    180cm
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    2 pictures in the attachments lol..


    Way too much fat to start bulking and adding muscles, IMO?
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    Yeah, you don't want to "bulk up" - but that is something we would only recommend to very underweight people in any case.

    You should be able to slowly lose fat while gaining muscle at the same time. Small calorie deficit, weights routine with planned progressive overload - like those in the sticky threads.
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    Originally Posted by TooFatRN View Post
    ...when doing IF, loosing fat is way faster than lifting weights and be on a calorie deficit.
    This is wrong. There is NOTHING magical or special about IF - it is simply one way to be on a calorie deficit. That and ONLY that.
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    IF does not affect it too much and it will impact your health to negative side. I suggest if you have gained weight by eating in irregular pattern, start skip those habits and if you feel hungry take salads that are high in protein.
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    Originally Posted by TooFatRN View Post
    180cm
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    2 pictures in the attachments lol..


    Way too much fat to start bulking and adding muscles, IMO?
    too fat to start bulking, but what makes you think you're too fat to start lifting weights? i thought you were 150 kilos or something...
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    No such thing as being to fat to workout. Start Lifting weights. Get your diet to maintenance. Don't focus on your weight. It will work itself out if you don't eat excessively.
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