You Should Lose Weight First, Then Lift Weights to Build Muscle
If you've read through people's before-and-after weight-loss journeys on Instagram or online, you've probably read about people who lose weight first through cardio, then build muscle with strength training. This is not the best way to go about losing fat and building muscle.
"The myth of losing fat then lifting weights is simply that, a myth," NASM-certified trainer Trudie German told POPSUGAR. "A combination of moderate cardio training coupled with weight-lifting sessions will increase the amount of fat you burn during and after your workouts." It is possible to lose fat and build muscle at the same time — make sure you balance your macros and incorporate a strategic weight-lifting plan.