I'm going to drag some concepts over from the BFFM team and paraphrase Tom Venuto's explanation.
Very few people can lose a lot of fat and gain a lot of muscle at the same time. If you happen to be one of those - you are blessed indeed. I would assume that they do that right at or slightly above TDEE.
However, most of use need to pick our main priority, either fat loss, or muscle gain and shoot for the calorie level that will accomplish that goal.
Most/many of us are in the fat loss or cutting mode eating in calorie deficit for 3 out of 4 days (some people do the cycling a bit differently).
Ideally we LOSE a bunch of fat while GAINING a little bit of muscle. Most of the time I think we just hold on to the muscle we have while cutting.
So, if you're normal, pick which one you want to do first and adjust your caloric intake accordingly. It's your call as to which you do first.
" 'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes."
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