How To Lose Fat Without Losing Muscle - Burn Fat, NOT Muscle
A little while ago, I covered how to lose fat. The thing is, there’s a second important topic that always needs to be covered right along with it. And that is: how to lose fat WITHOUT losing muscle.
Wait… what? !? !? ! Did I just imply that you can lose your pretty hard-earned lean muscle mass while only trying to lose your ugly body fat? ?? Yup, I sure did. It’s happened to me and countless others plenty of times, and it can definitely happen to you.
To understand why and how this is possible and (more importantly) preventing it from happening, you need to understand an important fact…
Weight Loss vs Fat Loss: It’s NOT The Same Thing!
People often say they want to lose weight. This is sort of a dumb statement, because “weight” can be a few different things. For example… water, glycogen, muscle or fat. Hell, you can stop a leg and you’ll lose “weight” just fine.
In reality however, what most of us want to lose is fat, NOT muscle.
Now, despite some of the crazy things you may have heard before about how to lose fat, the truth is that there is just one major requirement… a caloric deficit.
As I’ve explained 1000 times before (for example: Calories In vs Calories Out), a caloric deficit is what happens when you take in less calories than your body needs to burn for energy performing all of the tasks it needs to perform during the period of the day (move, breathe, pump blood, digest food, etc.).
When that caloric deficit is present, your body is forced to find some alternative source of energy on your body to burn instead. Ideally, this would ONLY be your ugly stored body fat. However, it can also be your pretty lean muscle tissue.