Q: I’ve been pretty successful in losing weight these last few years, but now I’m actually looking to put on a little muscle. How can I add some muscle without regaining the fat?
A: Great question! First of all, if you want to add some muscle you will need to take in an extra 200 to 500 or so calories a day. Keep in mind that you will most likely see a slight increase in body fat, but this is usually necessary to pack on muscle, especially for those who are pretty lean and have been working out for a few years. Many top fitness and bodybuilding professionals recommend cycling between fat loss (cutting) and muscle gaining (bulking) phases. This way you can keep your body fat levels relatively low while still adding muscle.