The Logical Secret to Shedding Fat and Building Muscle Concurrently!

Jeremy Colon
4 min readOct 24, 2023
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Are you tired of hearing that losing fat and gaining muscle is impossible?

I often hear my clients say, “I want to shed some fat and build muscle,” which sometimes comes across as, “I want to lose fat and get toned.”

It all boils down to the same goal. But the big question is, can you achieve both at once?

Let’s dive into this in more detail.

I’ll discuss:

  1. When it’s possible to lose fat and gain muscle.
  2. When it becomes challenging
  3. My preferred approach is the delicate dance of losing fat and gaining muscle.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s talk theory.

Theory Talk

In practice and on paper, simultaneously losing fat and gaining muscle seems impossible.

After all, building muscle requires a caloric surplus, while shedding fat demands a caloric deficit.

For example, if you need 2,000 calories daily to maintain your current weight, you’d need more than that to gain muscle and less to lose fat.

It’s a logical contradiction.

In theory, losing fat and gaining muscle can’t happen simultaneously. But in practice, Losing Fat and Gaining Muscle is Feasible.

I also want to highlight that tracking progress is significant, and I make it a point to measure my client’s progress.

While, theoretically, losing fat and gaining muscle together seems impossible, I’ve witnessed this phenomenon time and again in practice, especially with beginners or those who’ve taken an extended break from strength training.

So how does it work? It’s not magic or defying thermodynamics. Here’s my theory: when you’re new to strength training or have been away from it for a while, your body is “muscle-deficient.”

To remedy this, it might engage in something called “repartitioning.” What does this mean? It means more nutrients and calories you consume go toward building muscle and less toward fat storage.

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Jeremy Colon

Body Transformation Coach | Building a Better & Stronger Mind, Body, and Soul | CEO & Founder, Master Personal Trainer & Life Coach - Jeremy Colon Enterprises