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    Can you still gain muscle in a calorie defecit with a high protein intake?

    If you can sustain a lifting program and eat a caloric deficit, your body will be able to pull from its fat stores to both fuel itself and potentially build muscle mass.

    Is this true?
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    The general answer to the Q in the title of this thread is Yes. Keep in mind the answer could change depending on the amount of the deficit.
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    Originally Posted by Cammg95 View Post
    If you can sustain a lifting program and eat a caloric deficit, your body will be able to pull from its fat stores to both fuel itself and potentially build muscle mass.

    Is this true?
    If you have a good amount of fat to lose, yes
    The power of carbs compels me!
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    Short answer, it depends
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    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
    If you have a good amount of fat to lose, yes
    Originally Posted by desslok View Post
    Short answer, it depends
    Originally Posted by air2fakie View Post
    The general answer to the Q in the title of this thread is Yes. Keep in mind the answer could change depending on the amount of the deficit.
    All of these. It really has a lot more to do with your current body fat percentage (the higher the more likely you are to gain muscle) & how long you've been training than how much protein you eat provided you're consistently hitting at least 0.8-1g per lb or so.
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    Originally Posted by Cammg95 View Post
    If you can sustain a lifting program and eat a caloric deficit, your body will be able to pull from its fat stores to both fuel itself and potentially build muscle mass.

    Is this true?
    Yes. A beginner with higher body fat can do it very well. The more advanced and leaner one becomes, the smaller the potential to do so.

    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
    If you have a good amount of fat to lose, yes
    As you may already know even lean people can do it. They won't be able to pull it off for very long though.
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    Originally Posted by Mrpb View Post
    As you may already know even lean people can do it. They won't be able to pull it off for very long though.
    On this forum, I find "if you have to ask" to be a good mindset in shaping an answer.
    I can tell time. Time cannot tell me.

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    Originally Posted by TolerantLactose View Post
    On this forum, I find "if you have to ask" to be a good mindset in shaping an answer.
    I don't know, maybe he's just a beginner who first heard the old myth that you must bulk to gain muscle and now doesn't know what to believe anymore.
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