Nope! You Still Gain Muscle and Lose Body Fat at The Same Time… Sorry!

personal training buffalo ny terry stokesOne of the biggest misconceptions in physique sports is that it’s possible to build muscle and lose body fat at the same time. Sorry to go against all of the ‘experts’ out there, but this is impossible to do! Whether it’s a trainer telling a client, someone selling a book or someone repeating what they heard another person say, it’s just not possible.

Basically in order to lose weight you need to take in LESS calories than your body needs to maintain it’s current weight. The exact opposite is true of someone trying to gain muscle/weight: you need to take in MORE calories than your body needs to maintain it’s current weight.

Can’t count the number of time I’ve read something online about someone losing body fat and gaining muscle at the same time….. STOP please! This sport is filled with nonsense – from competitors believing that if they aren’t champion material by the beginning of the final week before a show, that there are some secret prep-week tricks that will get them into championship condition by show… uhhh No! Or the 110lb figure competitor who thinks dehydration will make her look leaner before a show – in actuality she will become a 105lb figure competitor who will look flat onstage because she just sucked the water out of her muscles! ….I could go on for hours!

Back to muscle building and fat loss: I just don’t understand why this simple concept is not more easily understood among those in this field. Sometimes you just have to tell the truth to clients/competitors: “No you will not be gaining any muscle while losing body fat, what you can do is maintain your existing muscle as you lose body fat by doing resistance exercises.” It may not be what a client or competitor wants to hear, but it’s the truth, and you should never lie just to attract or keep clients.

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Posted on November 16, 2015, in Bikini, fat loss, figure competition, figure competition diet, Figure Competition Training, figure diet, Figure dieting and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. You are too cut and dry. And you are wrong. Your body is in a constant flux of anabolism and catabolism. They are not mutually exclusive, you are always in a state of both. You can decrease body fat percentages and gain new lean mass- maybe you are referring the number on the scale? Either way, just thought you should do some real research before posting such a ridiculous statement.

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