I am going to answer this question quickly. Burning Fat is harder.
Burning fat hurts. There are only 2 ways to burn off fat; either by burning extra calories in your workouts or by cutting your calories.
I prefer to use a combination of both. It I cut my calories too low I end up burning off too much muscle and If I increase my cardio workouts too long, I start to feel weak in the gym.
That’s not to say that bulking up is necessarily easy, quite the contrary, it is just not as difficult as burning fat.
One of the major differences is with the dieting.
When you are bulking up you still should be strict with your diet, but you don’t need to go overboard. I try to stick with a high-protein/lo-carb diet and I never count the calories.
The most difficult part of gaining muscle is lifting heavy weights.
I am a firm believer that you need to lift heavy weights to build muscle and lifting progressively heavier weights is not easy.
This Monday I bench pressed 245 X 8 without a spot, but during my bulk up I will go up to 335 lbs for heavy singles and doubles.
I will also incorporate 500 lb+ deadlifts, 550 lb+ shrugs and 700 lb+ leg presses.
Heavy lifting is the only way to grow and the work outs are extremely difficult. Heavy weight lifting is very taxing on your body, including your muscles, joints and central nervous system.
But although gaining muscle is tough, burning fat is still harder.
There is nothing harder than hitting the gym, then running 2 miles on the track during an 12-hour intermittent fast.
Dieting hurts. I go through months of stomach aches and dieting pains before I start to look cut every summer.
That also includes going to work on an empty stomach, dizzy feelings, irritability and many nights of horrible sleep.
But most importantly, almost anyone can bulk up without much effort. If you go to any average gym in America you will see plenty of men that can bench 275 lb’s, but you rarely see anyone with a 6-pack.
Being in good shape is difficult and lowering your body fat is extremely hard.
But overall, it is all worth it in the end.
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