OK, so I started a physical transformation in January and I'm happy to announce that I've lost 60 pounds so far. (You can read about my progress here: gloriousstruggle.blogspot.com). However, I'm not as lean as I thought I would be and can still stand to lose another 30 or 40 pounds. My original plans focused on fat loss for the first half of the year, and strength training for the second half. I'm really bummed now, as it seems like I will need to continue emphasizing fat loss for at least another 3 months.
My question is: Is it really possible to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time? Or, would it be more beneficial to continue focusing on fat loss until my target weight is reached and then follow that up with a strength/mass phase?
If it is possible to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time, what would be some recommended training routines and diets to follow?
At first, I followed a bodyweight conditioning and cardio plan which also made use of a lot of sandbag training. But I've since begun to focus solely on a low-carb, calorie-restricted, 2-a-day cardio plan as I try to "make weight" for a celebration of my fat loss efforts on July 4th in Key West. With only 2 weeks to go, I'm on an all-out sprint to the finish line.
Any advice would be really appreciated. Thanks.