I am not trying to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. I have done a search and read a bunch of threads, but I'm still not sure on how this is possible. I'm only interested in learning, and not putting anything into practice; I accept fat gain.
Anyway, your body needs a certain amount of calories per day, for important functions and energy and things. If you workout, and only eat this many calories, your body won't have any extra calories to build muscle with because it doesn't want to take away from more important functions, so in order to gain muscle you must eat more than this amount of calories. Your body won't burn fat if you are eating enough, so you need to eat less. To build muscle, eat more. To burn fat, eat less. One can't eat more and less at the same time, so one can't build muscle and burn fat at the same time.
Ok, I have read that, contrary to my "argument," it is possible, so what about my understanding is incorrect, or what is missing, or is it just way to simple? Sorry, if this question annoys anyone.
You can do it to some degree, but it's slow as hell.
Faster results from a bulk and a cut if you do it well.
But if you can't afford to look fat part of the year (job, whatever) do it the slow way.
ha, you answered my question thats in BB/fitness forum. thanks!Originally Posted by Built
Unless you've got insane genetics, on gear, or have a training/nutritional planned dialed in EXACTLY to your body, it is a very slow process.
Better to be big, fat and strong for part of the year, and jacked, shredded and weak the rest
Poo is also LBM - The Built
Personally it worked for me like a charm (losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time)
In less than 2 months I actually lost at least 6.5kg (13lbs) of fat and at the same time packed on 2kg (4.4lbs) of pure muscle.
The best part is that I did not change much in my diet and workout consistency. The only 2 things I did differently are 8 hours of 'cardio' everyday due to my job demands and maybe a little bit less snacks.
However, I think this process works better on guys like me who hardly did any cardio and don't have a discipline diet. If you are already in great shape, I believe doing one thing at a time will be more efficient.
Well, there's a bit more to it than eat less and eat more, but it's generally a more efficient/faster approach if you pick one or the other.
It is possible to gain muscle and lose fat, mainly if you are a beginner to weight lifting, incredibly obese, or have incredible genetics. Beginner and very obese gains will tend to slow after awhile, so I wouldn't count on them. And I would always just assume that you are not genetically gifted.
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