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    why is this so?


    Why do people say it is impossible to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time?

    To me it would seem you could make your body use some of its own fat for calories in evening (through diet), yet still gain muscle mass. Im not talking about loosing massive amounts of fat, but somthing like gaining 1lb of muscle and losing a half a 1lb of fat each month.

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    It is possible..just confusing. The more muscle you add, the more fat your body burns. You have to eat over matinence, and perform some intense cadio sessions but lift heavy. Lots of protein, lots of rest, lots of hard work. I have book on it, but its complicated..

    you will get more advice soon from people..

    im only 15 and still trying to learn..

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    While I won't say it is naturally impossible to gain muscle while losing fat, it is extremely difficult. When you are losing fat (cutting) you are in a deficit of your BRM in addition to an increase in aerobic and anaeroic activity so your body needs to get energy from somewhere and your muscle is the first place that it gets it. You have to train your body to target the fat rather than the muscle so when done improperly (which is the way most people do it to a degree) you will almost always lose muscle while losing fat.

    What you have described, losing a half pound of fat while gaining a pound, is still probably difficult for most people in my opinion but is surely possible with an excellent diet.

    If someone else can chime and give a better description of what I have said here be my guest.

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    To build muscle your body has to be in an anabolic state, to lose fat it has to be in a catabolic state. These require different hormones that are mutually exclusive (ie. insulin vs glucagon).

    When you start with little muscle mass you can build it while losing fat (recomp) but once you realize those newbie gains it becomes increasingly difficult.

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    By increasing your protein calories, decreasing carbs, and increasing healthy fats, I do believe it's possible. Let's say your maintance calories is 2000. Let's say that if you need to burn fat and lose weight, you need to take in 1700 calories. Well I say bullsh!t. You need to pay attention to macronutrients, make sure you are getting at least one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManInTheBox View Post
    Well I say bullsh!t. You need to pay attention to macronutrients.
    Both are important.

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    Possible, yes. Possible in calorie deficit without anabolics, no.
    Strict dietary compliance with low-moderate intensity cardio seems like best approach to me.
    Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for life. Lao Tse 6th century BC

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