Can You Burn Fat and Build Muscle at the Same Time?
When it comes to building muscle and burning body fat, there is a ton of incorrect information out there. If you are like me, then you have probably been told that it is impossible to build muscle and burn fat at the same time. Proponents of this belief will tell you that you must either choose one, and then when you reach your goal, you can start on the other.
If you need to lose fat, then take care of that first before you start to train to gain. And if you need to gain muscle, then don’t worry about getting fatter. Just eat everything in site to gain the most muscle mass possible, and then cut it down afterwards.
What if I told you that these people were wrong. Have I changed your world yet? If not, I hope you will realize the truth by the time I get off my soap box.
How You Build Muscle
Building muscle may take a while, but it isn’t a complicated process. Stimulate your muscles (resistance training) and eat the necessary amount of protein, fats, and carbs, and you will grow new muscle. The reason why most people think that you can’t gain muscle at the same time as you burn fat is because you need extra calories to grow. And when you are losing weight, you need to be in caloric deficit.
How You Burn Fat
Your body is constantly releasing stored fat to be used for energy. However, if there is excessive sugar or glucose in the blood, that fat will be restored. So, if you need to eat less to burn body fat, and you need to eat more to gain muscle, then how can you do both at the same time?
Yes, you can build muscle and burn fat at the same time. And the best way to accomplish this task is nutrient timing. Nutrient timing is exactly what it sounds like. You time your nutrient intake to match your body’s ever-changing needs throughout the day.
The most important time to eat to build muscle is after you exercise. Your body can absorb and use nutrients up to four times more efficiently after your workout than any other time of the day. So, to build muscle and burn fat, all you must do is to eat more calories after you train, and then limit your caloric intake throughout the rest of the day. This way you can stay in an overall caloric deficit, while still building muscle at the same time.
Not to mention that the more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn. Building muscle is the best way to increase your metabolism. So, as you can clearly see, it is possible to build muscle and burn body fat at the same time. And, it just so happens that building muscle is the best way to burn off belly fat. So, if you want to get lean and big at the same time, try nutrient timing.