The general philosophy on this site is that over any given program you can build muscle or lose fat. You can’t do both at the same time.
What helps one hinders the other. At best you can retain muscle while losing fat, but that’s about it.
I find this to be patently false. Unless you are talking about coaxing MORE muscle on an already lean, muscular body.
Many, many trainees accomplish this when they first start to take weight training seriously. Maybe you WERE referring to more accomplished bodybuilders?[/quote]
This is a basic tenet I learned on this site over the past several years when I was new; don’t try to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. Period. Pick one goal, not two. Maybe that philosophy has changed; if so, I’d like to hear about it just so I’m up to date.
As for newbies, almost anything will work wonders for them, so yes, I probably am refering to more experienced bodybuilders.
I found that carb and calorie cycling does wonders for stripping off fat for me, but I didn’t gain much muscle at the same time. (YRMV) It appeared that I did gain muscle, only because the muscle was more apparent.