I myself have tried doing this back in college. For months on end, going to the gym, working out, eating the right portions, only made me quit after not seeing much improvement, being the impatient person that I am.
It is only recently that I realized how long it really takes to build muscle.
None of those fancy gimmicks about gaining 24 lbs of muscle in just 2 weeks is true (an obvious exaggeration).
Gaining lean muscle is one of the hardest parts of body building. It takes much effort and time to do, but it takes so little just to mess it up.
Typically, if you’re a skinny guy and you plan to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time, here are the challenges you’ll have to face.
Here is why it is difficult to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time:
- When attempting to lose fat and gain muscle, the diet is very strict. You have to evenly distribute your protein, carbs, and fat intake throughout the day.
- You have to measure just how much you’ll be exercising/working out, lest you want to have a calorie deficit.
- The timing for every meal is strict. Since every meal’s caloric value is of calculated amounts, skipping 1 meal could mean your body will eat you muscle.
- It’s very hard to gain muscle if you don’t have the right amount of energy. Timing the pre-workout meals and post workout meals will be difficult.
- You will lose fat faster than you gain muscle, so if you’re skinny, prepare to look a lot skinnier before you actually start to look big.