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How do I lose weight without just gaining more muscle?

I’m about 20lbs overweight and I want to lose weight and then gain some muscle. I heard that doing curl-ups will only give muscle and not help you lose weight. I’m gonna go on a diet. Which one is better: Lower Calorie Diet or Weight Watchers? I’d like to lose weight in my belly, bottom, thighs, and face. Any tips?? Also how long should my workout be??

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5 Responses to “How do I lose weight without just gaining more muscle?”

  1. John A said :

    I’m confused. You say you don’t want to gain muscle, then you say you want to lose weight then gain muscle. You mean you want to lose weight first and then gain muscle? Why? You can do both at the same time. Just go on a low carb diet, do cardio everyday, and work out with weights. Then you will accomplish everything.

  2. OtW said :

    To add to John A.’s answer
    when ur lifting take very little rest in between sets (around 60 secs)
    the more you keeps your body moving the faster and longer it will be in the fat burning stage.

  3. David C said :

    I’m a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers so what follows is a bit biased. In Actuality Weight Watchers is best at limiting your calories. I’d stick with it because it not only teaches you to limit your intake properly but it teaches you good nutritional habits too. That is why I stuck with them until I lost 50 lbs. It is not always easy but is very rewarding to be at a healthy weight. As far as your workout goes I would give it about 40 minutes 4 times a week. There is a book called Weight Training Made Easy, which I highly recommend for adding muscle. The gal who wrote it is a Phd. and really knows her stuff.

  4. Rev. Willie said :

    You should first, change your dietary habits, stop using salt or high sodium products, sugar and sugar derivatives, drink plenty of water, no soda or processed juices (mostly sugar), and exercise daily, walk, run, ride a bike, sit ups, leg raises or work out in a gym. If you change your eating habits, excess fat will burn itself off with exercise. Pickup some nutrition books at the Library, make a plan and you’ll look svelte and slender in no time. Work hard for best results.

  5. Fater45 said :

    Muscles are heavier than fat. Therefore gaining muscles could mean getting heavier. I think what you should aim at is to loose fat rather than muscle; and proper diet is the only way to do that. First, please note that the amount of calories required varies from person to person and so there is no need to worry about the amount of calories you consume as about eating the proper foods.

    When there is inadequate intake of certain essential nutrients, fat is not easily or adequately burned and can accumulate in the body. Rotate your foods, and be sure to eat a variety of foods. Eat meals that consist of a balance of proteins, complex carbohydrates, and some fat. Proteins can increase your metabolic rate by as much as 30%, and help to balance the release of insulin by prompting secretion of the pancreatic hormone glucagons. Protein-induced glucagons, mobilizes fats from the tissues in which it is stored, thus aiding in weight loss. By eating balanced meals you get more steady blood sugar levels and the ability to burn stored body fat for long-term weight loss. Eat mainly plant proteins, such as nut, seeds, and grains.

    Eat fresh fruits and an abundance of raw vegetables. Have one meal each day that consists entirely of vegetables and fruits. Use more low calorie vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, green beans, kale, lettuce, onions, radishes, spinach, and turnips. Eat more of the low calorie, low-carbohydrate fruits including, apples, cantaloupe, grapefruit, strawberries, and watermelon.

    Eat foods raw where possible. Drink 8 – 10 glasses of water each day. Also include home made fruit juices and vegetable juices in your diet. Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables – at least all kinds that you can get your hands on. Just eat more of the low cal., low carb ones. Eat at least 3 times per day, your breakfast being the largest and very nutritious. And do not forget to take exercise.

    Example of meals

    Breakfast:- a complex carbohydrate (yam, green banana, potato, etc.), steamed green leafy vegetable, meat or fresh, fruits, mixed with nuts, and seeds.

    Mid Afternoon meal:- of meat or fish, 1 or 2 complex carbohydrate (eg. yam, potatoes, pumpkin etc), a mixture of raw vegetables, (eg. lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, broccoli, yellow or red sweet pepper, shredded carrots), varied mixture of steam vegetables (eg a leafy vegetable and/or string beans, or a vegetable salad)

    If you’d like to add drink – preferably home made fruit or vegetable juice.

    Evening Meal:- A mixture of different fruits with nuts and seeds. Or a mixture of different raw vegetables with nuts, seeds, and cheese.

    The above examples are just guidelines that you may follow. You should vary your meals.


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