Can I lose fat and build muscle at the same time?

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It is possible to simultaneously lose fat and build muscle at the same time but it is generally difficult for most people to accomplish. Generally most people need to pick one goal or the other and accomplish that first. Muscle is added by increasing caloric intake and protein intake combined with resistance training. To lose fat a mild caloric restriction combined with regular exercise will help lose fat mass but spare lean muscle mass. Choosing one goal at a time is a more effective strategy for long term results.
Neal Spruce
Neal Spruce on behalf of dotFIT
Fitness
Yes you can and that's what we always recommend, or at least try not to lose muscle when dieting. With conventional dieting (as prescribed by diet centers, media or book advice, etc.), the body loses both fat and muscle (1/4 of weight lost is generally muscle so if you lose 20 lbs, 5 lbs would be muscle) when losing weight. This is not good for most people and can set you up for easy weight regain. In order to accomplish building muscle while losing fat, we design programs to feed muscle with appropriate types and amounts of food and add dietary support in the way of nutritional supplements, which supply important nutrition without the calories. This way you are starving the fat by using the necessary amount of calories that allows weight loss, but you continue to feed the muscle by supplying nutrients without adding back any calories and thus keeping the muscles supplied with more than enough nutrition to continue to grow as long as you incorporate some form of exercise. 
What we are saying is that conventional dieting cannot supply enough nutrition to sustain muscle growth while allowing continuous fat loss, thus often creating what we call a “skinny-fat” person. Using the free Sharecare Fitness Application located under the Coach tab, you can set your goal (click here for access: http://www.sharecare.com/home/coach) as stated above. The program, including meal plans and your supplement recommendation, will be created to feed your muscle while starving the fat. It’s a science that we created in the bodybuilding world many years ago and anyone can do it with proper direction. Below is a typical supplement program for accomplishing your goal: 
Active multivitamin mineral formula:
  • Take 1 daily with breakfast or any other larger meal
  • Use SuperCalcium+ and SuperOmega-3 as necessary – i.e. not getting enough from food
dotFIT First String or Pre/Post Meal Replacement & Workout Formula:
  • Take 2 scoops 10-30 minutes before workout or use favorite dotFIT® bar for convenience
  • Take 2 scoops immediately post workout
  • Use anytime throughout the day to add calories as necessary to maintain muscle gain
More info is available in the Links section of our profile page: http://www.sharecare.com/group/dotfit

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