Best way to lose weight and build muscle


To optimize fat loss and muscle building, here are some strategies and insights from and his guests:

  1. High-Intensity Training: Engage in high-intensity exercise, followed by either low intensity or normal activity. This approach promotes fat oxidation and leverages adrenaline release for fat loss. Moderate to high intensity can also include simple bodyweight movements like push-ups, pull-ups, and burpees 1.

  2. Supplementation:

    • Creatine: It improves exercise performance, aids recovery, and has recently been shown to have cognitive benefits too. It can help increase lean mass, which, in turn, may reduce body fat percentage and support muscle building efforts 2.
  3. Diet and Tracking:

    • Using a personalized diet app can help track energy expenditure and tailor your calorie intake and macro distribution based on your lean body mass and dietary preferences. This could optimize adherence to the diet plan over the long term 3.

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      Andrew explains how high-intensity training followed by low-intensity training can optimize fat loss. He also discusses the role of adrenaline in fat loss and how it is triggered by movement of any kind.

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  4. Stimulants: Be cautious with stimulants like caffeine or pre-workout supplements. While they can increase energy feelings, they may impede exercise performance and recovery, and thus, could be counterproductive to your goals 4.

  5. Building Muscle:

    • Create a structured training program with quarterly goals to gradually build muscle and avoid injury. Ensuring sufficient muscle mass can actually enhance fat loss 5.
    • In the winter, focus on hypertrophy training to immediately see results and utilize the season to prioritize rest and recovery, which is essential for muscle growth 6.
  6. Exercise and Fuel: Both low-carbohydrate diets and diets with adequate protein can create the caloric deficit necessary for fat loss. The essential factor is creating a deficit regardless of macronutrient composition 7.

  7. Protein and Satiety: For satiety and diet adherence, as well as muscle building, protein is a key macronutrient. Animal sources of protein might provide better satiety and are possibly more bioavailable for muscle building. An intake of around 1.6 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day is recommended for muscle building benefits 8.

Remember that individual needs may vary, and it's always best to consult with healthcare and fitness professionals when embarking on a new fitness or diet regimen.