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I'm currently trying to lose about 10-15 pounds. I'm not grossly overweight, but I do have some extra baggage I'd like to get rid of. I keep hearing the best way to burn fat is to do resistance training in order to gain muscle and raise my metabolism. However, I also hear that a person can't gain muscle and burn fat at the same time. You have to pick one over the other. First of all, how true is that? Second, assuming that it is true and my goal is burn fat, what is the best combination of cardio, resistance training that will burn fat? I'm not after the bulky look. I want that lean runner/swimmer look, where they look really slender, but don't look like they have excess fat on them.

As far as resistance training is concerned, how does one get lean and how does one gain muscle mass? I've heard that if you do more sets at lower weight, you get lean, and if you do fewer sets at higher weight, you gain bulk. Is this true? If so, how do I determine what's a high enough weight to gain muscle and what's a low(but not too low) weight to get lean? How many reps? How many sets? How much time between sets? How long should each rep last? This is what I'm looking for. Thanks.

[This message has been edited by mid20sguy (edited 02-28-2002).]

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