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  • Jay, what body type are you?

    I am primarily a mesomorph leaning slightly to the ectomorph side of the scale.

    I used to think I was a "hardgainer" - but finally realised that this was more due to lack of understanding of how to build muscle effectively rather than my genetics. Currently I feel I have very good control over my body - gaining/losing fat/muscle mass.

  • Hey Jay. I'm in the USA and there's all kind of crap over our televisions advertising the latest products. I get really upset about this. Do you get as upset when you see these commercials as I do?

    YES!  These big companies are preying upon uninformed consumers.  Low fat, high fat, high protein, good fats, bad fats, low carb, long-lasting name it, they've advertised it.

    Over here we have a cereal that is advertised as "high in protein for building muscle and carbo's for energy to last throughout the day!" (mind you, it has a GI of 66 and the protein comes from grains...good luck building muscle on that!).  But it's not only restricted to the television, pick up the latest magazine, newspaper or even walk into the gym and see this crap everywhere you go.

    I get very annoyed myself - it's no wonder that people complain when they don't get the results they were expecting.  The whole reason why I set up Amino Z to hopefully provide some insight to those that are uninformed.

  • If I stop lifting weights, will my muscle turn into fat?


    This is one of the fallacies of the fitness world that has plagued the industry for years.  Muscle tissue is completely different to fat tissue.  A synonymous question would be 'can fat turn into bone?'.

    Both tissues have completely different functions.  Primarily, muscle generates force whilst fat stores energy within the body.  Both tissues can increase or decrease in size.  So, you either lose/gain fat mass OR lose/gain muscle mass.  The two are completely separate from one another.

    This misunderstanding is due to many bodybuilders becoming fatter when they cease their training.  Their muscle mass will decrease and no doubt their activity levels will too.  As a result, their body will require less calories every day to sustain themselves.  But, if they were to maintain a large diet they will acquire body fat - which is often the case.  (As a rule of thumb, the heavier you are, the more calories you require on a daily basis and muscle mass requires more energy than fat mass).

  • I've got some body fat callipers to determine my body fat. How do I calculate my fat loss and muscle gain simultaneously?

    There is a mathematical method, but to make matters easy I've put up a calculator that does it all for you here.  It's proved very helpful to me whilst both my cutting and bulking.

    Also remember that body fat callipers aren't 100% accurate so there will be a slight error in your readings.

  • Hi Jay, you have been a great inspiration. I have been reading all your articles and have decided that I will follow your cardio, weights and nutritional techniques for a 12 week challenge. If you have any advice I'd love to hear it!

    Thanks for the kind comments!  Firstly, congrats on deciding to begin the challenge.  I've gotta take my hat off to you for actually doing your research because it seems like you really know what you're doing.  You'd be surprised how many people will walk into the gym without any idea at all.  You're without a doubt on the road to success.

    The vast majority of information you'll need should be contained within this website.  The best advice I can give you is to stay focussed and evaluate yourself regularly.  If things aren't working out then you'll need to change something.

    Hope to see your progress up on the forums!

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