Friday, 7 June 2013

Can You Lose Fat And Build Muscle Simultaneously?

By Russ Howe

If you walk into any gym and ask a person for their fitness goals, it's likely you'll hear them tell you that they want to learn how to build muscle and lose fat simultaneously. The trouble is most people don't accomplish either goal.

In today's article we will show you the main obstacle which prevents a lot of individuals from accomplishing their long-term goal.

While those who are in their first few weeks of training are able to enjoy both fat loss and hypertrophy because of the shock caused to their body by their new healthy and active lifestyle, this period is short lived. Before too long they need to make a choice. What is more important to you right now?

If you are trying to figure out how to lose weight the first piece of advice you will encounter is that you must work at a calorie deficit. What does this mean? Basically, in order to lose unwanted body weight you will need to eat less calories than you currently do each day. That's the first rule to shedding unwanted weight.

However, if you want to build your body into a more powerful and appealing shape you will immediately encounter completely different advice. In order to get bigger you need to operate on a calorie surplus, i.e. eating more food each day than you currently do.

The two goals are complete opposites which can't really be put together in the same routine. It's impossible to eat less calories per day when you are eating more calories, right? For this reason, so many people train without any goal and therefore get no results.

The solution, naturally, is far easier than the mass confusion people usually get themselves into. Separate your goals individually. If you wish to lose some weight then you should make that your primary goal and focus on it specifically for the next three-to-six months.

Once you accomplish your primary goal you can then start focusing on your follow-up goal.

Sometimes the easiest way to achieve two different things is to focus on one thing at a time. This is particularly true when it comes to fitness.

If your primary goal is hypertrophy then you can get very, very far by simply applying some of the old proven rules towards your lifestyle. Old classics such as focusing your gym sessions on compound exercises and focusing your diet on a good intake of carbohydrates never go out of fashion.

While you may wish to learn how to lose weight while figuring out how to build muscle at the same time, the fact is you will get fat better results by simply focusing on one thing at a time.

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