Last Update On July 7, 2012
Gaining Muscle And Losing Fat At The Same Time
Gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time is one of the most controversial subjects. There are plenty of fitness “experts” that would like you to believe that you can gain muscle and lose fat at the same time and to be honest they mostly talk crap.
Gaining muscle = Gaining weight (lean bodyweight)
Losing fat = Losing Weight
In order for anybody on this planet to gain muscle he/she has to gain weight and to gain weight you need to eat more than “normal” so that your body has enough nutrients to “build a new room in your body.” There is no other way. However in order to lose fat you have to eat less so that your body receives less energy and burns the stored body fat. I know this sounds like kinder garden but as Einstein once said: “ If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough”.
So, to a normal person the answer is obvious - trying to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time is like pressing the gas and the brake at the same time. You go nowhere.
“Bro...but what if I eat super clean?”
There is a misconception that eating a clean diet will make you leaner and bigger at the same time. Well, the reason why most people get leaner when following a clean diet is that they are actually eating less. When you remove all those “little things with no calories” you are essentially reducing your calorie intake and therefor starting to lose weight. At the same time if you eat much more than your needs you will still gain fat even if the food is clean, mean, lean or whatever.
Remember: Nothing in nature disappears. You can hide from your boss but you can't hide from your body.
It's practically impossible for anybody on this planet to get super lean and gain a lot of muscle at the same time unless steroids and other PEDs are used. It's physically impossible to achieve this naturally and it doesn't matter what the supplement companies are saying. Building muscle in simple words is like upgrading your body while losing fat is more like downgrading your body (even though you are actually improving it).
“Bro....but people say they get bigger while getting leaner. You mad?"
People can say whatever they want. Nobody on this earth is losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time naturally. Not even the genetic freaks. Why ? Ask nature. Some people may appear bigger after getting ripped but in reality they have actually lost weight (fat and muscle) and their definition makes them look bigger. However that effect takes place when you are already pretty lean. For example if you go from 20% BF to 17% BF you will look exactly the same. But if you go from 10% BF to 7% BF you will look bigger.
“Bro...you are so fucking retarded. You can lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. What about body re-composition?”
Body re-composition or maintaining your bodyweight while losing fat and gaining muscle is possible on paper but so slow you wouldn't care to know. It also doesn't work if you are already in the high fat zone (22% +). It also doesn't work if you are skinny like a girl. In other words faster results will be observed with dedicated muscle gaining and cutting phases.
Note: This is my opinion based on my experience. Please share your stories in the comment section.
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