And before you say that's garbage, let me immediately give you the science behind my statement. On the contrary, if you want to gain muscle mass you MUST eat slightly more calories than you burn.
Since there is NO WAY you can be both at the same time, there is NO WAY that you can gain muscle and burn fat simultaneously.
As I said this type of muscle gain while (most likely) deficient on calories may happen only in the beginning and only until the body adapts to the new stress. If you are still reading this article I assume you are pass that point, so like I said this occasion shouldn't concern you.
The second occasion is if you (well, not you of course) use banned medication of some type (steroids, hGH, IGF-1), which may cause muscle mass gain in a state of negative calorie balance. What happens in reality is instead of gaining muscle mass, or in other words increasing the circumference (or the number) of contractile tissue, you increase the water content in the muscle fiber.
Doesn't weight training build muscle and increase your metabolic rate and therefore the increase in your metabolic rate reduces fat? I can understand how you might be confused because it's true that the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate will be and the more fat you will burn as a result of having more muscle.
My point was not that building muscle and losing fat at the same time is impossible, but that attempting to build muscle and lose fat at the same time is not as efficient because you are chasing after two conflicting goals.
If you want to put on the most muscle possible, you would engage in what's called a 'bulking' diet.
The goal on a cutting diet is to eat 10-20% below your maintenance calories in order to burn as much fat as possible without sacrificing muscle. But after about 6 months, the gains slow down, then nearly stops as you become more advanced and get closer to the limits of your genetic potential. At this point, You have to work harder and smarter in order to keep your body progressing and changing. There's an old proverb that says, "If you chase two rabbits, you will catch neither." Gaining muscle and losing fat require different eating methods to achieve.
If you don't mind making much slower progress in muscle gains, you can put on muscle and trim down body fat. It's harder to build muscle and burn fat first of all, because our body doesn't respond like when we were 18.
When you are older it takes longer, it takes much more dedication to achieve your goal, and a lot more motivation. They can slow you down, but won't stop you from getting what you want: build muscle and burn fat. You can just think of going to the gym, do a bunch of exercises and then go for a beer with your friends.
Diet is always the most important thing, that where your calorie intake comes from, and the quality of those calories. If you don't eat right you can imagine how hard, if not impossible, is to build muscle and burn fat.
Eating right will definitely help you burn fat indirectly, this is a fact, so promise yourself that you will start a healthy diet! You have to exercise properly, go to muscle failure each set, do compound exercises and do short training sessions and check your testosterone levels. So many times I heard people saying "I don't want to build muscle, I want to lose weight, not get bigger!". One person can weight as much as a much bigger person if he has a muscular body and the other one is fat. So you understand that you shouldn't really look at the numbers on the scale as long as your body shape looks good. One very important aspect of fat loss is that building muscle helps burning fat even without spending boring hours on a treadmill. Strength training works better than aerobics for getting fit and burning fat because building muscle helps raising your metabolism rate.


If you follow a correct workout program to build muscle you will see fast body changes because muscle is what shapes your body. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
I want to explain a few secrets of endurance training by answering some fair and common questions about it. As the temperatures start to get pleasant, it gets harder and harder to drag yourself to the gym to get the exercise you need. Before we analyze the HIIT training benefits, I'd like to spend a minute explaining what HIIT is. By continuing to use this website without changing the settings, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.
The first important thing to note is that the calorie surplus to gain muscle is very, very small when compared to the calorie deficit required to lose fat. Lets look at what your body does with its calories, please look at my body on left side of the above diagram. Lets talk about this nuclear reactor here and how to stop if from turning on and burning up our muscles. Consume enough calories to keep your body from thinking its starving but not so many calories that you gain fat, 10% under your TDEE is a good value to use. Many beginners to fitness ask if they should lose their fat first or start lifting to gain muscle first, the answer is that they should do BOTH at the same time!!! Especially for beginners, it is very easy to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time!
Losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time is very difficult for advanced bodybuilders. Skinny teens who can’t gain either fat or muscle even when they eat as much as they can. Advanced bodybuilders with low bodyfat (under 8%).Your body needs some fat so when you get to a certain point, your body will start choosing to burn muscle instead of fat if you have a caloric deficit. For this reason, and because I am sick and tired of answering this question over and over, you are going to encounter the simple truth right now.
In other words what goes in your body in terms of food and calories MUST be less than what you burn throughout your day. To some degree, I repeat, to some degree you may see muscle mass gained and fat being burned at the same time in only two occasions. Both of these ultimately produce a short term hypertrophy (muscle mass gain) in the beginner.
Any way, like I said that was just for your information, so that you don't get to ask this question again next time you see someone bulking up (or at least that's what's appearing on the surface) while getting leaner at the same time.
Up until this moment science (still) has not given us a straight and useful answer of the question how to build muscle and burn fat at the same time.
And if so, then doesn't this mean that you have gained muscle and lost fat at the same time?
Simply because you will gain the maximum amount of muscle possible only if you stay in a caloric surplus.
Not counting the initial "beginners gains" growth spurt, the only ways I know of to date that you can do both (build muscle and lose fat quickly) is thru anabolic steroids or to be extremely genetically gifted. He can show you how to reduce your body fat thru diet, how to gain weight or create more muscle thru an abundance of workout tips by training LESS! The body we used to have when we didn't even care of what we were eating or doing to stay in shape. Eating right doesn't make you burn fat directly, but at least it doesn't make you store more fat, and it helps you build muscle, which helps you burn more fat like we're going to see in a while.
You can't build muscle if you spend 2 hours at the gym every day, or if you go and just "lift some weights". It is the way to burn fat after workout, even while you sleep because after HIIT (High Intesity Interval Training) your body keeps burning fat for up to 24 hours due to an increased metabolism rate. I became a fitness passionate during the last 10 years, where I learned a lot by studying and also through personal experience.


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Common wisdom is that you have to gain some fat to gain muscle, its the whole bulking and cutting mentality.
Most mature adults can gain a maximum of 15 pounds of muscle in a year but many can only gain 5lbs of muscle a year. To keep you alive, your body needs two things, plain energy to burn in the form of carbs or fat and then amino acids in the form of protein.
Our bodies are really smart, they know muscle is really important and they wont burn it unless they absolutely have to. Cardio will not burn muscle, it will help you gain muscle while losing fat at the same time. Many of them are close to their genetic limits so adding muscle is very difficult and slow for them even under the best of circumstances. If you are 8% bodyfat and want to get down to 4-6% bodyfat you wont be able to add muscle while you do this, at best you can do is to maintain your muscle mass. And guess what happens later on when you (actually not you, may be someone else) get off of the "stuff"? Once you know for sure, go for it and don't let any distractions and uninformed thoughts get on the way.
People who want to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time have to alternate periods of caloric surplus with periods of caloric deficit and therefore will gain muscle much more slowly.
For a beginner, almost anything works because your body isn't used to the stress of training, so great "beginner gains"can be made with virtually any training program. Now, your first thought is probably that it can’t be done because to gain muscle, you have to eat 100 calories more per day and to lose fat, you have to eat 400 calories less per day. 50% is housekeeping stuff to keep us alive – breathing, pumping blood, maintain body temperature, replacing dead cells, etc.
Your body has an amazing series of emergency backup system to keep you alive should food be scarce. Losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time is something that only beginning and intermediate bodybuilders can do.
With regular dieting, its tough to drop down to 4-6% without losing muscle mass but carb cycling seems to really help for this specific purpose. He dispels many "bodybuilding myths", tells you what most people never realize about nutrition, and what the drug companies DON'T WANT YOU to know. Your body type, metabolism and hormone balance play an important role on which you don't have so much control. Because of many peoples unrealistic expectations about adding muscle they come to the incorrect conclusion that you can’t gain muscle while losing fat. For an average person losing weight, they will eat about 400 calories a day less (12,000 calories a month) than their TDEE to lose a pound of fat a week, or 52 pounds of fat in a year. I, too, thought and hoped that I can shorten my way to a better body by shedding fat while building muscle at the same time. The secret to this is that our assumption that you need to eat more to gain muscle is incorrect for most adults. About 20% is actually spend DOING stuff – walking, lifting, moving and only about 5% is spent adding muscle. Don’t get hung up on the exact numbers, the important thing is that exercise and building muscle uses very little of the calories we consume.
And your muscles are the emergency backup, your body wont turn on this nuclear power plant to cannibalize muscle unless its a DIRE emergency.
Energy can come from any of the three systems but amino acids can only come from the stomach or the muscles.



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