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2023-08-19 21:17:47

You CAN'T Build Muscle and Burn Fat at the Same Time!!

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Anyone with half a brain knows you can't build muscle and burn fat at the same time .

Is that Professor Dick Weed again ?

Yeah .

What's up guys ?

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What is with the winter hat ?

It's snowing outside .

Not in here .

I'm still cold .

Leave me alone today .

We're answering another one of your questions .

It's an A Jeff and Jesse .

What do we got for a Jeff ?

Right .

Coming from Wayne Beckett .

Jeff .

Why would you say that you can build muscle and burn fat at the same time when everyone with half a brain knows that you can't with two question marks .

Geez .

Any exclamation boys in there ?

I was a little angry .

I'm surprised there's not Jeez Wayne .

Listen , Wayne .

OK .

Calm down .

All right .

OK .

Listen , I have a respect for all of my viewers questions .

So I'm gonna answer the question , but I'm going to tell you in advance .

I might get a little heated here because this is something I've been pretty passionate about , I think for about a decade , 10 years .

Right .

Yeah .

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This is related to bulking and cutting and I've actually talked about this many times in this channel .

Here's me back in my basement .

Angry Jeff just screaming about bulk and cutting then .

Well , guess what ?

My opinion hasn't changed in the 10 years .

But I think it bears repeating because this is a common question and we need to make sure that it gets addressed in a thorough away .

All right , so that everybody understands what we're talking about where this comes from is the fact that many people hold the belief that these two things .

These two goals are too much opposed from each other to actually be able to be achieved together .

If you want to build muscle , they'll say you need to be in a calorie surplus , right ?

If you want to burn fat , it's said that you need to be in a calorie deficit deficit that it's starting to rub off on you , Jesse , you're getting good .

That's actually not true .

Yes , you do need to be in a calorie deficit in order to burn fat .

In order to build muscle , you don't have to be in a consumed calorie surplus .

There's a big difference .

Our body is smart .

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We have ways to actually produce energy and create an energy surplus without having to take them into the consumption of food and calories .

That means thankfully , so we can tap into our own body stores of body fat in order to create the energy needed to support new muscle mass and muscle growth , right ?

That's a good thing because if you think about what the goal was in the first place , building muscle and burning fat , obviously , if that is something you're looking to achieve , you likely have body fat to burn unlike you unless it's me .

But the good , the good news is I'm not looking to do that because yes , it becomes way more challenging .

The lower level of body fat you get down to , if you have very low levels of body fat , you don't have the luxury of being able to tap into those stores to do that .

And what happens then as your body starts to tap into muscle , because muscle is also willing to provide the energy needed to do other things in the body .

But it's not going to be very helpful to break muscle down in the goal of trying to build new muscle .

No , that's bad , right ?

That would be bad .

So we don't want to do that .

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But that requires though that we focus on the intake side first , ok ?

And we make sure we don't make some big mistakes .

And when we're talking about the intake though , I said it wasn't about the consumed calories you take in , you still have to focus on how you're consuming what you're consuming .

And the first thing I would caution you is not to get too aggressive in the deficit that you're trying to create in terms of the calories you take in on a given day ok , because if you take in too few calories in the pursuit of trying to make this happen fast and I'm going to talk about fast for sustainable in a little bit here .

But if you try to make this happen too fast , you slow the whole process down to the point where it actually doesn't even work anymore .

So what you want to make sure is that you don't try to exceed anything higher than 10 , 12 , let's say a top end of 15% of a deficit from whatever your maintenance level of calories is right now to achieve this .

So let's throw some numbers around this .

If your maintenance level of calories is 3000 in a day , let's do some math .

Jesse , what would be 10% of 3000 ?

This is an easy 1 .

303 100 .

Good .

Now , what about 15 percent ?

Ok .

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Now you're getting tricky with me .

It's not that hard .

It's half of that .

So it's 150 plus 300 it's 450 .

So , somewhere between 304 150 calories of a deficit that you want to create in terms of what you're consuming on a day in order to make this work , not really exceeding that .

Because when you exceed that , you then start to walk that line again , where you start to look at potentially muscle protein as a source for providing the energy for what you're trying to accomplish which again , we said it is not going to work .

No , that's bad .

Cutting into muscle to try to build muscles is not where we want to be .

The fat storage is where we're using and utilizing to energize this process .

The second thing you're going to want to do from the intake side , you're going to want to make sure that you're eating enough protein because many studies will show you that eating enough protein is going to be required to make this process work .

Oh , I know this .

It's 1 g of protein for every £1 of body weight .

A lot of people will say that it's actually not true .

The good news is you don't have to have that much actually .

No , you really don't .

Studies will show that 0.8 g will do the job all the time .

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And some people even suggest as low as 0.6 .

I'm not necessarily one that goes that low , but I will say 0.8 is something that could be done and there's a big difference between 0.8 and one .

But why is it one ?

I think honestly , I think it's just because people round up , well , it's easier for people like me for you .

Yeah , they make it Jesse proof by just saying just do one instead of 0.8 .

But we know that the difference between 0.8 or some of us know the difference between 0.8 and one is 20% and 20% .

If you don't realize how big that actually is in your total protein intake in a day .

Think about it over the course of a month and think about paying for 20% more protein over the course of a month .

We know how expensive protein can be in whatever form you eat it .

Yeah , that's , that's a big grocery bill .

It's a big savings .

The third thing I want you to focus on in order to do this right is you need to increase the quality of the nutrition that you put in your bodies .

Of course , because what it does is two things as you increase the quality of what you eat , the nutrient density goes up .

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In other words , more productive food foods that can actually provide your body with vitamins and minerals to accelerate the processes , to do what it is you're looking to accomplish which in this case is burn fat and build muscle .

The second thing is by increasing the nutrient quality here and the quality of the foods you eat , they actually usually become calorically less dense .

So that allows you to actually take in more food and still be on that lower side of the calories in that 10 12 15% range to accomplish this a little bit easier .

You still get to enjoy the foods you have too .

So that means less of the kind of bullshit gummy bears and sugary crap that somebody used to eat that you know , that is a bunch of bullshit .

By the way , what's Daisy doing over there , Daisy , what is Daisy doing ?

I don't know .

She's , uh , oh , you're , you're impossible .

What ?

You're impossible .

Daisy is right there , by the way .

Ok , Daisy .

Now , the next thing is the training side of it .

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So now we know that from the training standpoint , there's two things we could do in terms of training , we could focus on conditioning and cardio , we could focus on resistance training , focus resistance training .

You a matter of fact , that is one of the non negotiables here .

You have to resistance train in some form .

And I say resistance because it doesn't have to be in the form of weights .

Although I would highly encourage you to do that .

But body weight training would work band training would work .

Oh water aerobics with Nana down at the Y .

Do you do that ?

Maybe water aerobics with nana down at the Y with Jesse's Nana down at the Y ?

However , you want to do it guys , some form of resistance training is necessary because that's what sparks the whole desire for your muscles to actually come back and grow back bigger and stronger .

If you don't provide the stimulus , this whole thing goes out the window .

There's no build , muscle portion of the build muscle and burn fat .

I will give this revelation that might shock some of you the conditioning part of it and the cardio part of it is completely unnecessary to achieve that goal .

Really .

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Now , I'm going to follow that right up with , if you want to be a normal functioning person with a healthy heart , which all of us should aspire to be , then you should be doing conditioning and cardio .

I'm just saying that you can actually achieve this all through nutritional changes alone and creating that deficit .

But it's going to be a lot more effective and it's going to be a lot easier for you to do this if you incorporate some of the conditioning and cardio as well , I'm going to go back to that example of the 3000 calories .

Here's the problem that happens when you try to just do it through cutting your food intake if I were to take 500 calories out .

Now , let's say we've already made the changes to increase the quality of the stuff that we're eating .

If I take 500 calories out of the equation , that's 500 calories of nutrient dense , high quality food .

Right .

Right .

Now , I have an alternative to do something different if I do , let's say 300 calories that I take away .

But then I burned 200 additional calories doing some type of conditioning .

Right .

What's happened to the extra 200 calories ?

You get those nutrients back .

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I didn't have to take them out .

So I had them .

200 calories is a lot , 200 calories .

If you did it in strictly protein at four calories per gram is actually 50 g of protein .

That's a lot of protein .

And when you consider that you only need again , that 0.8 g per pound of body weight , that's going to add up very quickly .

So you're going to become a lot less likely to walk that thin line between burning fat and sort tapping into muscle stores in order to achieve your goal of building new muscle .

So the holy grail here is really trying to find the balance between the two .

And realize also as you build more muscle , that number is going to go up .

Your caloric maintenance levels are going to go up because sustaining new active muscle tissue is going to require more calories on a given basis .

So you can actually start to upwardly adapt this number as you start to make changes and build muscle at the same time .

Here's the recap , Wayne .

It could be done , Wayne , it could 100% be done Wayne .

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Yes , it's likely going to take more time than a successful bulk and cup .

I use the word successful because that's the key word here because for every successful person that makes it through a bulk and cut , there are millions .

It's a lot of people , millions of people that don't make it through a successful bulk and cup because they get into the bulk .

And what happened is they never learned the key requirements of realizing what good nutrition is and how to dedicated to good nutrition and how to remain consistent with your training .

That makes this a sustainable long term lifestyle change .

That makes this something that once you incorporate it like I did back in my teens , it's something you're still doing and living every single day almost as second nature because it's part of your life , the bulk and cut cycle though it may happen faster if you do it successfully is not going to be a sustainable approach for many .

What happens is I mentioned this before and I'm not accusing you , Wayne , I'm just throwing it out there is you start to adopt something called the big guy lie .

Remember that ?

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I think so , the big guy lie is the guy who starts off wanting to build muscle and burn fat and then when he starts his bulk and never gets out of it , it's that perpetual bulk .

He then all of a sudden says , you know what ?

Being ripped doesn't really matter .

Having abs is overrated just being big and strong and being able to lift things is really the only important thing in the world .

That's the big guy alive because we know that wasn't your original goal .

You would have liked to have done it .

And I'm telling you , you could do it , you can still do it if you're willing to put in a little bit more time to get there .

I promise you guys this will work .

My stance has not changed in 10 years .

It won't change 10 years from now .

It's going to work if you're willing to put the work in slowly but surely that being said , guys , I want to answer your next question .

If you can put your question down in the comments below and Jesse look through them and pick the next one , hopefully one a little less angry than Wayne .

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But if we have to , we'll address them in the meantime , if you're looking for programs , guys , we actually map out nutritional strategies and meal plans that will allow you to do this at the same time , build muscle and burn fat and we make it a lot easier than you think it is because we show you the step by step way to do it .

You can get them all over at X dot com if you haven't done .

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All right , guys see you soon .


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