Originally Posted by Rufio
Speaking of that FAQ, one thing goes against what I've read: that you can't burn fat and build muscle at the same time. Granted, you gain muscle or burn fat FASTER if you work specifically for each (a ton of calories and little cardio for muscle; a lot of cardio and reduced calories for fat burning), but it's entirely possible to do both at the same time. It just occurs at a more gradual and steady rate. The trick is to keep the amount of energy you expend very close to that you take in.
At least that's what I've read, and it seems accurate in my experience.
The problem though is you have to have excess calories to build muscle and you have to have a calorie deficit to burn fat. Naturally you can't have both of those so what happens when you stay right around where your at a caloric zero (calories in = calories out) is that you end up fluctuating back and forth where some days you are over and some days you are under.
So effectively you are still only doing one or the other at one time, just in shorter cycles. Which is fine. I'm all for that kind of strategy since it allows you to keep your body guessing a little more but for most people it requires more planning and constant adjustment than they can really deal with. I should probably actually clarify all of that in the FAQ.