One of the goals that many people just starting to work out try to achieve is to simultaneously build muscle while losing body fat. They think that working out will magically take them turn from having a flabby body to a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jay Cutler. But the truth is, it just isn’t that simple.
A basic understanding for the mechanics of how the body works dictates that you must consume an excess of calories to build muscle, but must be at a calorie deficit to lose body fat.
As you can see, these two goals require the exact opposite treatment to achieve them. So obviously, losing body fat and building muscle at the same time is impossible, right?
That’s not quite true.
More people are starting to focus on a carb cycling diet. The basic concept for this diet is that you will go on a 3 day cycle of high carb, normal carb, and low carb consumption. By cycling like this, you are allowing your body to build muscle on the high carb and normal carb day, while losing fat on the no carb day.
So, you are not really building muscle and losing fat at the exact same time, but week after week, the benefits are the same.
If you really want to build muscle and lose fat, but don’t want to do a traditional bulk and cut cycle, you should really look into a carb cycling diet. Not only will it help you achieve your goals, it will not be as restrictive as a cutting diet, and you are more likely to adhere to it.
It may not work as effectively as traditional cutting if you have a high body fat percentage, but it is definitely worth a try!
Have you tried carb cycling to lose fat and build muscle?