Hmmm, I'm sure you've noticed that the above paragraph states that the requirements for losing fat are the exact opposite of those for building muscle. So one would automatically conclude that you in fact cannot lose fat and build muscle at the same time.
Not so fast Holmes...it's not that simple.
But 99% of the population are NOT bodybuilders. So don't get discouraged yet. Keep reading. I promise there's some good shit in here.
And how you train depends on how much fat you can lose and how much muscle you can gain.
This is due to the fact you will not be taxing your muscles to the point where you will be hitting muscle-building plateaus. It is in this instance that weight loss will be the easiest.
Again, you won't be pushing your muscles to the utmost limit. You will probably end up hitting some plateaus along the way, but this is to be expected and can be easily remedied by changing up your routine and stepping up the intensity. This is the category I fell in when I started. I wanted an athletic look that was definitely more defined than a slender-looking person but not as much as a body builder.
It can really only be truly achieved by having one goal at a time. When the goal is working on losing fat, you'll be paying attention to caloric intake and front-loading your exercise regimen with cardio and much less focus on weight training. Doing a lot of weight training while trying to lose fat can compromise your fat loss. However, when the goal is working on muscle building, you'll have a high caloric intake and you'll be front-loading your exercise regimen with hardcore weight training and very little if any cardio. Doing a lot of cardio while strength training can compromise your muscle mass. So if your goal is becoming the next Arnold, you are gonna have a harder time losing the fat.
Okay, I know you're all thinking I've lost my mind. WTH is this chick talking about? Well, as I said before...let me explain.
Remember, there is a wealth of information out there. Scan the web and you will find dozens and dozens of great beginner weight training routines. The information is there for the taking. Get your piece of the pie! Actually...stay the hell away from the pie :)
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