People always ask me if it's possible to gain muscle mass and lose fat at the same time. In short, the answer is "HELL YEAH!." The truth is that it would actually be hard not to burn fat while building muscle for two reasons:
The act of lifting weights burns both calories and fat
Your metabolism rises when your body becomes more muscular
Weight training is increasingly recommended as a fat-busting tool because muscle burns more energy than body fat at rest, so if you develop more muscle , you must burn extra energy and more stored fat as a result. This has been shown in metabolic studies.
Muscle in its resting state is like an idling car engine, burning up fuel in the form of calories and fat reserves. Therefore, it’s true that the more muscle you have, the more calories and fat your body burns each day.
This is why some people can eat whatever they want during their 20's and maintain a steady body weight, but start to gain fat as they move into their 30's. Your body starts to naturally lose muscle mass as you get older (unless you do something about it!!!), thus lowering your metabolism and making it easier for you to gain fat.
Why Starving Yourself Is a Pathway to failure
Sure, you could just starve yourself to lose fat, but that will cause you to lose muscle too. This explains why so many people actually get FATTER after doing what they call a "diet" (starvation is not a "diet;" it's a FAST). They lose both fat and muscle during starvation dieting, so when the starvation dieting ends (because it's not sustainable) people return to their old eating habits, but this time they have less muscle mass, so their metabolism is lower. As a result, they gain fat at a faster rate than ever before.
With this in mind, not only do you need to continue to eat, but you should also be generous with yourself and treat yourself to an occasional cheat day.
Cheating allows you to keep the cravings in check, so it's a definite must even if fat loss is your primary goal. Yes, that's right, I am telling you that once a week or so you can visit a buffet or order a cheeseburger with extra cheese at the drive-thru. This makes your eating regimen manageable in the long-term, a facet that is not possible when you starve yourself.
A Friend’s Success Story
Not long ago, A good friend of mine from college asked me for help. Jozen was wildly out of shape and not happy with his appearance, energy levels, or the way that he had let himself go. After college, Jozen had become a successful writer for XXL, Washington Post, The Village Voice, The Huffington Post, etc. But with all his effort being put into becoming the successful writer that he is, he neglected his health and fitness and asked me for help.
I put Jozen on a diet and workout plan that revolved around building muscle. The results were nothing short of astounding.
He lost over 30 Pounds and gained a lot more muscle by using the same workout program I offer here at this site. The best thing about his transformation is that he did it all on his own. All I did was show him the program. He did it six days a week at his home. I don't remember the exact dates that the before and after pics were taken, but I think it was about six months of hard work. He told me that people noticed after only two weeks.
I know that he is getting A LOT more girls now; plus, he has WAY more energy and confidence. Jozen looks and acts like a brand new person. I am really proud of him!
People ask me if my program will help them burn fat, or if it will help them build muscle. The truth is that it's BOTH. The program shows you how to focus on fat burning and/or muscle building. But it's hard to do one without the other if you follow the instructions. In other words, in some degree or another, you will be gaining muscle mass AND losing fat at the same time.
Where Do I Start?
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