Building lean muscle while simultaneously burning fat may not seem straightforward, but a few calculations and supermarket trips and you could be on your way to a new physique. Energy expenditure and your diet are essential.
Aim to consume around 2-3g of protein per kilogram of lean body weight every day, while reducing your carbohydrate (energy) intake to help the body manage the nutrients you consume. As you reduce the number of calories you eat, your body starts to burn fat for energy.
But calorie cutting can make you lose muscle – so don’t overdo it. The trick to get ripped fast: cut calories from carbs and eat more protein. This safeguards your muscle. If you cut too many calories, your body thinks it’s starving, so it starts to conserve and store them, which reduces the rate at which you burn body fat.