Originally Posted by SonOfLe-loLang
Less calories, more cardio. It's fairly simple. But yeah, less carbs, more protein.
That won't lead to muscle gain. That's the real problem, in order to gain muscle you have to take in a LOT of calories (I do in excess of 3500 and sometimes more than 4000 a day during hypertrophy periods).
I suppose it's possible to do both, but I can't do it and I've never worked out with anyone who has. After a period of muscle building I'll inevitably have some extra fat that I need to work off (now the metabolic effects of increased muscle make that pretty easy to do).
Lowering your caloric intake while attempting to gain muscle almost never works.