This is something I have written about before, but not so much in an informative way.
A lot of people shoot down the idea of doing both at once, but I don’t believe that to be true.
It’s probably a lot easier to do the two separately, but they can both be done.
Cutting back on your diet, limiting what you put into your body, can hurt your build up. Something i’ve learned over these past few months is if you eat frequently, you will grow quicker. See results quicker. (I’m very terrible about eating enough. I’m guilty big time.) So when you don’t eat enough you’re holding back your muscle progress and growth. Personally I should probably focus on eating more and getting everything my body needs in, instead of worrying about how I look as far as ‘lean and sexy’ but…i’m a woman. So you know haha.
A big tip I recently learned: Evenly match the amount of weight training you do to your cardio. So essentially if you spend 50 minutes doing one, spend 50 doing the other.
Interestingly enough, a study found that people can actually over do cardio and receive less results than if they did less cardio. So there is such a thing as doing too much cardio to the point where it isn’t effective, which effects the 50/50 theory.
For example, say you weight train for an hour everyday, 6 days a week. That totals to 360 minutes. You do not want to do that much cardio, it wont be effective. I’d suggest doing a weeks total amount varying anywhere from 80-110minutes in total a week.
I also discovered that the varying types of cardio make a difference. Say doing the stairstepper on level 8 for an hour, is more effective than running on the treadmill for 20 minutes as fast as you can.
Simply because high intensity cardio (running) burns carbs instead of fat, making it an inefficient way to lose unwanted fat. Meanwhile low intensity cardio, burns fat while sparing your carbs. Carbs, or glycogen- is what is found inside of your muscles. It is more time consuming due to burning less calories a minute.