Can You Lose Fat Or Build Muscle And Keep The Same Body Size?

By | January 9, 2014

Man Muscle FlexingSome people are happy with the size of their body. They are not too skinny and not too fat so they don’t want to change their body size. But they want their body to be improved into a nice lean muscular look.

These people would want to accomplish what is considered to be the holy grail of fitness – turn fat into muscle without getting bigger or smaller. They want to see the moderate amount of fat on their body be transformed into lean, hard muscle without losing their present body size.

Such people would be asking questions such as how to lose body fat without losing weight? how to gain muscle without gaining weight? or can I turn fat into muscle? The possibilities of losing fat or building muscle without getting bigger or smaller is explained below?

Muscle And Fat

First of all, let’s get one thing clear, it’s not possible in anyway to turn fat tissue into muscle tissue or vice versa. The only thing you can do to get rid of fat is burn it off, and the only way to get muscle is to gain it. But if you lose fat and gain muscle on your body, the muscle can replace the fat and make it look like you’ve turned the fat into muscle.

So now that we’ve got that out of the way, the next thing you might desperately want to find out is: can you lose fat and gain muscle at the same time? The answer to this question is “yes” but not invariably. You see, it’s possible to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time, but it’s not as simple and unambiguous as raising your two hands at the same time.

Not only will a program focused on concurrent fat loss and muscle gains be more complicated than one that is focused on one of the goals only, the results from any attempt to lose fat and gain muscle together will vary considerably depending on a few factors.

There are only some people who will be able to lose fat and gain muscle at equal rates. Pound for pound or 1:1 rate fat loss and muscle gains results is very rare.

Most people would have a better chance of losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time by having one as a primary goal and the other as the secondary goal. For example, if your primary goal is to lose fat and maintain all your muscles, you’ll get some net muscle gains due to the program structure. On the other hand, if you are focusing primarily on building muscle without fat, you’ll lose some fat in the process due to the program structure.

As you would understand by now, the only way you can maintain your current body size and see more muscle and less fat on your body is if you fall into the category of people who are able to lose fat and gain muscle at the 1:1 rate.

But even if you don’t lose fat and gain muscle equally, the size of your body will not change very much if you are maintaining and building muscle while reducing body fat. Besides that, body composition improvement will make your body look better no matter the size of your body.

So in conclusion, if you want to get lean and muscular without losing your present body size my recommendation is to focus on a primary goal. Either focus on losing fat without losing muscle or building muscle without fat. By using the guidance in a good program designed to improve body composition you can get some amazing results to end up with a stunning body without really getting bigger or smaller.

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