Being able to build muscle while burning fat has always been the holy grail of fitness. Nothing beats the aesthetics of massive, but lean musculature. The only problem with building muscle and burning fat is that they are often on the opposite ends of fitness training. Strength training is straightforward. Follow the principle of progressive overload, and you’re guaranteed to build muscle. Fat loss, on the other hand, often focuses on endurance to burn fat. The problem is when the body breaks down muscle instead of fat. The mistake most guys make when trying to lose fat is not understanding the rationale behind the process, so they lose fat, but at the same time lose a lot of muscle mass. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can burn fat while retaining muscle mass. We can’t teach our body to just target fat and avoid catabolism. That would never happen. When you burn fat, it’s always a risk you have to take. What you can do preserve muscle by focusing your diet to build muscle, and complement it with workouts that help increase muscle mass. Sounds simple enough, right? Here’s how.