Is it really possible to lose fat and build muscle at the same time? I wanted to pack on some rock solid muscle but I didn’t want to start getting fat at the same time. I mean really, a lot of us skinny guys might hate being skinny. We hate being called anything that even implies that we’re thin. We hate being the smallest guy in our group of friends and we hate wearing those baggy clothes that hide our bones. But we don’t want to get fat with a pot belly either, do we?
I know all this because I was a skinny guy not too long ago, and in the process of putting on muscle, I didn’t want to end up getting fat. Fortunately, I found the right way to lose fat and build muscle at the same time. well, maybe not at the SAME time. AND I had chubby friends who wanted to slim down to a muscular physique and they too can relate to this article.
Now here’s simple science for you. If you gain muscle your bodies basal metabolism goes up. If your metabolism increases you burn more fat. So essentially by the simple act of gaining muscle, you can burn fat.
However, the problem lies in the diet. You see to burn fat your diet needs to have a shortage of calories, while to gain muscle you need a surplus. This is the simplest factor involved and the only one I’m going to mention right now. That and the fact that there isn’t a “lose fat and build muscle at the same time” meal plan.
So when you’re on a hard-core muscle-building routine, you will be consuming so many calories that your body will put on fat. And sometimes it puts on fat faster than your muscle burns it. So while you’re gaining muscle, you are also gaining a little bit of fat.
To lose fat and build muscle at the same time, you will have to cycle between periods of caloric surplus and caloric deficit. The problem here is that while you’re able to lose fat and build muscle at the same time you are slowing each individual process down.
Here’s the conundrum simplified.
– On the one hand, to lose fat and build muscle at the same time, you have to cycle between caloric surplus and deficit and so it will take a longer time for you to reach your goals of getting a buff, ripped body.
– On the other hand, while gaining muscle at full speed, your caloric intake also results in you gaining a certain amount of fat.
These are 2 undeniable truths. So here’s where you have to choose. You can either decide to reach your goals slower and take the lose fat and build muscle at the same time path. OR you can go crazy building muscle first, and then change your diet so you lose the fat you’ve gained after you reach your muscle gain goals.
Personally, I’m not the “lose fat and build muscle at the same time” kind of guy. Not if it’s going to take ages anyway. So, I went full steam ahead putting on muscle, and once I had gained 25+ pounds of muscle, I cut back on my caloric intake started doing a fat loss training routine, and got to my buff and ripped state.
PS: I still have some more work to do before I get my body to where I want it, but I know it can be done and more importantly I know how to do it.
My opinion is that it is unnecessary to lose fat and build muscle at the same time. Build muscle as fast as you can. That tiny bit of fat that you will have for a while will be a tiny price to pay when sooner than you know it you start getting complimented by all your friends, family and those girls about how much more buff and ripped you have gotten.