It is possible to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. But at what cost? And can everybody do it?
Basically each one of us can lose fat and gain muscle, but some of us will have an easier time. Usually the people that are just starting to lose weight and never used to exercise will get the best results.
Why is this?
Their body isn’t used to exercising and fat loss. So when they start to exercise to lose fat, their muscles get bigger. It is a byproduct of the weight loss process they are going through. That is if they decide to use exercising as a way of losing weight.
If you choose to follow only an all diet approach to weight loss, you can’t expect to gain muscles. You gain muscles only by working them out, by breaking their fibers and letting your body make them tougher.
When it comes to exercising there is the old age debate: cardio or strength training. Well strength training is the overall winner, because it helps you gain muscle and burn fat longer than cardio. But cardio helps you get leaner muscles, increases your physical endurance and helps you burn more calories on the spot – while exercising.
Unfortunately, by doing too much cardio you force your body to consume your muscle mass as a source of fast energy. Be very careful you don’t go overboard when you do your cardio exercises. Otherwise you will jeopardize your muscle gaining efforts.
As I’ve said. If you are a beginner you will have an easy time losing weight and gaining muscles. But if you have repeatedly starved your body using crazy diets to lose weight, or if you are a bodybuilder, it will probably take a whole lot of more work to get smaller results.
You body has set up many defenses to protect you from what it considers dangerous situations. You mustn’t blame it. You’ll just have to work around them.