View Full Version : Gain muscle lose fat?

07-20-2012, 08:55 AM
It seems the generally accepted principle here is that you need a caloric surplus to gain muscle (and some fat), and caloric deficit to lose fat (and some muscle). Well, since calories are just energy, and body fat=calories=energy, why can't your caloric(energy) surplus partly be attributed to stored body fat when trying to gain muscle?

Say your daily calorie needs are 3000, and you eat 2750 calories a day while doing hard lifting. It seems a well evolved organism attempting to maintain homeostasis would use the calories (protein) ingested to build and repair muscle, to adapt to the weight lifting, while turning some of the stored body fat into "calories" for digestion, respiration, and whatever else our body uses for calories.

Many what I would consider reliable sources claim gaining muscle and losing fat is possible - even past n00b stages.
"Expect also to lose fat while gaining muscle with Smolov. Most guys doing this program end up eating tons of foods, not always the cleanest ones, yet their ab muscles start showing more."

Have a good day.

07-20-2012, 09:01 AM
It's not that you can't gain muscle and lose fat at the same time, it's that it's slow, inefficient, and easy to get wrong (with the end result of spinning your wheels).