Why The Process of Building Muscle (Skinny) And Losing Weight (Fat) Is Equally Hard?

December 6, 2010 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about body comparisons and what body types have it harder than another to achieve great fitness results, whether that be weight gain (muscle) or weight loss (fat). In fact, I can show you which posts those were here…
Muscle building from Fat, Muscle building from Bone

Building Muscle For Bulk Is Un-sexy/ Build ‘Ripped’ Muscles Instead

Building Muscles for Tall Men vs Building Muscles for Short Men

Now, I could easily just defend the hardgainers of the world by stating that the skinny people have it the hardest in the race to build a better body compared to the fat folks of the world, seeing as I started off as a hardgainer (And the fact that I am the author of this particular article).

But after all these years of comparing, experiencing and watching those who take up the fitness lifestyle, I’ll no longer defend my fellow hardgainians any more.


Because today, I believe that both the skinnys and the fattys of the world have it equally hard to gain optimum fitness and muscle building results. And today I’ll explain why that is.

#1 Both body types take time to achieve ‘major’ results


Just as you need to burn 3,500 calories to drop a pound, it also takes an extra 3,500 calories to gain a pound. However, achieving optimum fat losing and muscle building results takes time. So just as you can’t expect to pack on huge amounts of muscle mass in a matter of days, is the same as not expecting to get fat over night from pigging out the night before. This is the reason why you should not be avoiding fats and carbs like the plague throughout your weightlifting diet.

What you ‘need’ to be avoiding is eating ‘excessive’ fatty and carb heavy foods on a ‘regular’ basis.


That is what will really destroy your ability to reach muscle building or weight loss success. The answer?



That is the key element of the cycle. Everything else that you follow to achieve the body of your dreams will just be sub categories of that element. Most of which I spoke of in this post…

The Top 8 Reasons Why You’re Scrawny And The Other Dude Is Not!

  • If you are complaining about your lack of gains, its because you are failing to be consistent with your diet (under eating on a regular basis).
  • If you are complaining about your lack of weight loss results, it’s because you over eating and not being consistent with your workouts (over eating on a regular basis).

The Build a 6 Pac: From Flab to Flat ebook will give you an idea of how to structure your workouts based on your body type.

The concept behind both processes are exactly the same!

  1. To increase body mass you need to consume more calories than you use.
  2. To lose body fat you need to consume fewer calories than you use.

Note: Low fat foods are not always the answer!

  • That low fat ice-cream you like to buy still has a ton of sugar in it. Which may of course spike insulin levels when it really doesn’t need to be spiked, which will then lead to unnecessary fat build up (After a workout is the best time to spike Mr. Insulin).
  • You still have to moderate your intake. What’s the point of buying low fat to only then eat twice as much of the stuff? Duh!!
  • Eating a ton of low fat stuff may make you want to eat more.

#3 But I notice a difference the next day?


… After pumping hard at the gym (Hardgainer)
… After pumping my guts full of ALL kinds of foods at last nights party (Fat person)

Well… in this scenario…

Muscle building = Temporary pump
Weight gain = Water weight, which will eventually drop right off

That’s all you are experiencing when you notice the above after a hardcore training session, or a night out on an extreme binge.

Temporary pump

Is a nice experience, because you look good for that moment in time. Hence why some people are a fan of the 15 min workout. One of which I posted here…
15 Minute Workout For A Few Hours Pump

But to look like a temporary pump guy/gal for the long term takes time.

Aka, building mature muscle mass.

This is muscle that sticks around, yet takes years to build (consistency). But once you have it, you’ll probably keep it for a long time. Even long after you stop working out intensely as you reach your 60-70s. But only if you still maintain a healthy lifestyle. Otherwise it will indeed all fade. Just like it did for Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Water weight

Really isn’t something to worry about, because it will drop right off (Unless you ‘consistently’ binge).  But like someone who has appeared to lose their gains from training and dieting incorrectly (For prolonged periods of time), looking in the mirror the day or two after a binge can wreak havoc on your self esteem levels. Because when you look good, you feel good, it will show and people will notice. When you look bad (In your eyes) you’ll feel bad, it will show and again, people will notice.

The main point here is that these random days are just fine. Have fun in this fitness lifestyle. Just be consistently good.. NOT consistently bad!

#4 There is no magic pill


Muscle building = Steroids
Weight loss = Crash diets

You all know the saying that success doesn’t happen over night… right?

Well, it’s the same in this game of building the ultimate physique. Reducing yourself to one of the above solutions will give you what you want initially, and you will look the part. But not for long. And once the honeymoon period is over, everything will indeed come crashing down in front of your eyes.


Are bad…


  • Sterility in Males and Females
  • Kidney problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Virilization (Development of male characteristics in women)
  • Can cause acne
  • Gynocomastia (Development of breast tissue in males)
  • Inhibition of natural hormones

Crash diets

Are bad…


  1. Rapid fat loss also equals rap lean muscle loss
  2. Lean muscle loss equals slower metabolism
  3. Less muscle tissue equal less calories to be eaten
  4. = more fat storage
  5. back to square one!


One supplement that is actually good at helping you protect your lean muscle mass is glutamine. You can read more about it here. Or if you want a No B.S take on what supplements can help you out, whether your goal is muscle building or weight loss, then watch this video.

To conclude

If you want uber fantastic superfragilisticexpialidocious results, whether that be for building muscles or losing weight, then you’re just going to have to work your ass of for it. Your body type is not an excuse to start making excuses for your lack of results. Start doing more of what works, be consistent, cut out the magic pill mindset and get to work!

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