[ NO BS Finess Chat ] – Can you Build Muscle and Burn Fat at the Same Time?

We answer one of the hottest debated topics in fitness and reveal the truth on whether you can Build Muscle and Lose Weight at the Same Time?
By Peter Thursday, April 28, 2011, 06:24 PM

Can you bulk up and get ripped at the same time – that is build muscle and lose fat?

According to fitness magazines and supplement companies it is almost certainly possible ( You have to take some kind of supplement of course 🙂 ).

However at sixpackfactory.com we believe this to be total BS!!

It is not physically possible for one very simple reason.  One goal requires a surplus of calories ( Adding Muscles ) and the other a deficit in calories ( Burning Fat ).

So it is not possible to build muscle and burn fat at the same time at all?

Well it can be possible to an extent, over a longer period like a few weeks or months.  During this time though you will spend part of the time working just on building muscle and other times on burning fat. So you won’t be doing it at the exact same time but over a longer period by switching between the two you can indeed build muscle and burn fat in the same period.

But the lie doesn’t stop here?

When you become ripped, your muscles will look more defined and it creates the illusion that you have built or added more muscle to your frame.  In fact you have only really lost fat.  This situation is well known in places like Hollywood when trainers get actors ready for a film by adding a small amount of muscle but then getting them really lean.  Think of Brad Pitt in fight club and Taylor Lautner in Twilight.  Brad Pitt was very ripped in fight club and that really created the illusion that he had a lot of muscle, but in reality he really was very small and skinny.  The same goes for Taylor Lautner who really is not big at all but well defined and in proportion that makes him look like he has really bulked or ‘buffed out’.

So what is the best way to add muscle and burn fat?

Personally I believe in choosing one goal and working at that particular goal for a few months and then the other goal at a later stage. Either bulk up or get ripped, you will get faster results this way then trying to accomplish both goals at once.

Remember that you either want to bulk up without adding too much extra body fat – this is commonly referred to as lean bulking by the body builders – and this is achieved by increasing your calories but eating clean foods only.  Some bodybuilders believe in just eating anything and everything to get the calories in but you also end up picking up a lot of body fat which is not very healthy for you.

The other goal is getting ripped or losing fat without losing muscle or trying to maintain your muscle.  Muscle is vitally important to keep your metabolism high and making sure you burn body fat fast.  To do this keep your protein in your diet high using protein shakes at important times like upon waking up, pre and post workout and before bedtime.

So decide what goal is more important to you right now, do you want to add muscle or get ripped. Then stick with that for 3 months and then move to the one.