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Mike Marin 04-06-2007 12:17 PM

I'm trying to lose about 15-20 lbs, but I don't want to lose anymore muscle. What and how should I eat so I can finish off with these excess pounds, and still keep the muscle I've worked hard for.

David Wood 04-06-2007 01:10 PM

Hi Mike:

Focus on adequate protein and fat, with relatively low carbohydrates, and short, intense exercise to stimulate muscle retention (hmmm . . . sounds a lot like "Zone + CrossFit", what a surprise!!)

Seriously, that's about the best advice I can give, other than to note that it will probably take longer than you want. If you want to avoid losing any muscle, I think it will very hard to lose more than 1/2 to 1 pound of fat / week.

Standard advice for anyone looking to improve their diet . . . eliminate all the "junk" carbohydrates . . . cake, cookies, soda pop, pasta, rice cakes, most bread (some would say all bread) and flour products, most or all alcohol.

If you want faster results, cut calories more . . . but understand that you'll probably lose some muscle along with the fat.

Nick Cummings 04-06-2007 01:10 PM

Have you heard of any of the recommendations of The Zone or The Paleo Diet? These are probably your best options.

Steve Liberati 04-06-2007 02:18 PM

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Kevin McKay 04-06-2007 03:28 PM

Here is a really simple intro to a zonish paleo eating plan.

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