The goal of the majority of gym users is to build muscle and to lose fat simultaneously. If you ask a newbie what their goals are they will often say burn fat and build muscle. Here we shall discuss whether or not this is doable or not.

So are people really able to increase muscle mass and reduce their body fat?

Well, the answer to that question is a yes. However there is a but and that is so as it is a very awkward thing to do. If you desire to build muscle whilst burning fat you are going to have to figure out precisely how many calories you need to eat and then eat exactly that amount.

Why is it necessary to do that? The reason we have to do that is because if you want to gain only muscle and no fat you have to consume just enough calories to support muscle growth but not so many that you will have too much excess calories that get stored as fat.

Can I work out how many calories are required to do this?

Yes you can, but most of the calculations are not exact and indeed are based on the general population. This means that they are often not that accurate as most people do not conform to the norm, particularly in terms of the speed of their bodies metabolism which greatly affects the amount of calories you need to consume. Simply search in google for 'Katch-McArdle muscle building nutrition formula' if you want to figure out this number.

Is this way the best?

No, in fact however you will find it far easier to burn fat and build muscle in a two step process. This means that 3-6 months would first be spent increasing muscle mass and bulking up, which would then be followed by a 3-6 month period whereby you train to get ripped and lose body fat. This is then followed by another 3-6 months of ripping or losing excess body fat.

This way is a lot easier because losing weight and gaining muscle are actually opposites so by attempting to do just one of these at a time you stand a much better chance of succeeding. This is one of the best weight gain tips around.

Whilst you may still wish to work out how many calories you should be eating as a minimum requirement to build muscle up you do not have to worry about going over this amount thus making it easier to achieve. If you take on board not enough calories then sure you may lose body fat but you will never increase your muscle mass, this means that the two step process is more reliable and will probably get you better results.

When all is said and done you can adopt either method and get the same results however most experienced weight trainers will recommend the two step approach as it is the simplest and most straight forward to get fast results with. One excellent program entitled burn the fat feed the muscle can be found here which guides you through the entire above process and can be viewed on the below link.

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