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Old 03-20-2008, 08:56 PM   #3
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I think it is both but for the long haul, building muscle will help with body your overall metabolism. BUT it is difficult to gain muscle mass especially after the 'honeymoon' period and without supplements. If you already basically had your 'honeymoon' period before the challenge and they had it during may be the difference you are experiencing.

If you are trying to boost your chances during the last week, I'd probably continue the strength training but probably boost your cardio since it is in the short term. I also believe you are doing Atkins? That might also effect your stats between when you started the challenge (and weren't doing Atkins?) and now. If you eat carbs, that would probably actually end up boosting your lean body mass and thus dropping your BF %. Although there are many different ways to play with those devices and maybe following whatever guidelines your trainer has provided you for the test is the best option.
You can't out-exercise poor eating habits.
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