If you are reading this, then you have asked this question…
“Can I build muscle and lose fat at the same time?”
There’s 10 million different ways to give an answer to that one and I’ve written my own as well. But the BEST answer I’ve seen to date is from Tom Venuto and his new interview style ebook called, The Fat Burn Files. Here’s but a small excerpt from one of the interviews in this outstanding book…
Chris Mohr: If someone comes to you and wants to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time, what would you recommend?
Tom Venuto: Iâ€™ve answered this question many times before and I have a standard answer which is, donâ€™t make that your goal. Focus on one or the other. If you gain a few pounds of muscle during your fat loss phase, great. Consider that an extra bonus. If you lose a little fat during your mass building phase, great, consider that an extra bonus. However, itâ€™s far more physiologically and psychologically efficient to put your focus on one goal or the other because each objective requires a totally different nutritional approach.
Remember what we said about calories for gaining mass. In our example, we said 15% or about a 500-calorie surplus. That would be about 3500 calories a day with a 3000-calorie maintenance level. For fat loss you need a deficit of at least 500 calories and sometimes an aggressive deficit of 1000 calories. That would be 2000â€“2500 calories a day. How are you going to gain maximum mass on 2000â€“2500 calories a day? Youâ€™re not. The only way to achieve this goal is to alternate between periods of caloric deficit and caloric surplus, but then you are compromising both, right?
Iâ€™ve also found that people who want to gain mass who also want to lose fat or who are very concerned about gaining fat, tend to under-consume calories, and they end up not gaining any mass at all. You need a very strong commitment and mental focus on your mass gaining goal if you want to be successful at it.
This is an excerpt from Tom Venuto’s latest book, the fat burn files www.thefatburnfiles.com
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To Your Health and Success,