Building muscle and losing weight are not mutually exclusive. But after wasting years failing to achieve a decent physique, I came up with a conclusion: It’s better to pick one of the two and commit to it.
Gaining muscle vs. losing fat
We are all in this to get a better and healthier body.
All in all, we all want to be thin and to be muscular at the same time!
So, if you want to achieve a fit body, I think it’s a better approach to divide your main goal of having a healthier body into two different steps:
- First, get slim
- Build some mass & gain more muscle and less fat
In order to build muscle, you need to bulk up. If you are slim already, you’ll be able to appreciate your muscle-building progress more, and, your body will respond better to the training because your metabolism is higher.
How lean should you get to raise your metabolism
I think the best is to reach between 10 and 12 percent (%) of bodyfat before jumping to step No.2 ( building muscle )
What to eat on each step?
You should always prefer natural food over processed meals. Think of jacket potato and olive oil on top versus a bag of potato chips.
If you want to know how often should you eat and what macronutrients to eat you should read How much to eat