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Why It's Impossible To Build Muscle And Lose Weight Simultaneously
By Russ Howe

The majority of people have two goals in the gym. They'd like to learn how to build muscle while losing unwanted weight at the same time. However, there are a few reasons why the majority of people never make that goal a reality.

We're going to teach you the main reasons people find it difficult to achieve their fitness goal.

The main reason these individuals often struggle to see any positive results from their hard efforts in the gym is that they lack focus. Like most things in life, if you want to achieve something you need to be clear about what exactly you are trying to accomplish. That rule also applies to the gym.

Despite all of the scientific advances we have made in sports, the basic rule of weight loss is to eat less than you used to. That's right, the first step really is that simple. Work out your existing daily calorie total on average and then try to eat slightly less.

However, if you want to build your body into a more powerful and appealing shape you will immediately encounter completely different advice. In order to get bigger you need to operate on a calorie surplus, i.e. eating more food each day than you currently do.

The two goals are complete opposites which can't really be put together in the same routine. It's impossible to eat less calories per day when you are eating more calories, right? For this reason, so many people train without any goal and therefore get no results.

The solution, naturally, is far easier than the mass confusion people usually get themselves into. Separate your goals individually. If you wish to lose some weight then you should make that your primary goal and focus on it specifically for the next three-to-six months.

When you deem yourself to have reached your first goal you can focus on the second.

Sometimes the easiest way to achieve two different things is to focus on one thing at a time. This is particularly true when it comes to fitness.

If your primary goal is hypertrophy then you can get very, very far by simply applying some of the old proven rules towards your lifestyle. Old classics such as focusing your gym sessions on compound exercises and focusing your diet on a good intake of carbohydrates never go out of fashion.

Figuring out how to lose weight or how to build muscle isn't rocket science. The fact is most people already know the basics, such as calorie deficits and surpluses, but they struggle to separate each goal and never truly get any further forward as a result.

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