If your life was quite laid back and sedentary and now you've decided to do something about it by gaining muscle and losing fat then we have some words of caution. For those starting from nothing they shouldn't rush things but rather take it all slowly. Applying some major changes, like diet and exercise routine, in your life really quickly will usually be a big failure. Sure, there are some people who can just get on with it. But most people trying to do this all in one go will have a very hard time. So the best advice we can give is that you slowly ease in your dietary and exercise changes.
There are two large components when it comes to preserving muscle and burning fat. There's your diet that must be taken in a serious way. Then there's the workout that you do, which has to be very good for numerous reasons. But regarding your diet you'll need to modify a couple of things with carbohydrates, like eliminating any foods that have very high amounts of carbs. However it's also important to not get rid of them completely. You can actually use some carbohydrates found in both vegetables and fruits to your advantage. When they are consumed your body will metabolize them for energy and not convert them into fat.
Taking out food with high fat content from their diet is something people think they should do. Going in the opposite direction and eating all the high fat food you like, we agree you cannot do this. However, you want to reduce your intake of fat instead of stop having any fat at all. The reason for this is to do with the principle of starvation. Because it is being deprived of it, it will store it and conserve it so it can be used when it doesn't get more. Storing more fat is caused by depriving your body of the fat it needs normally.
Here is a very old but wise piece of information that has been around for ages. However it's very shocking as not that many people know about this, and it will change your eating habits. Always chew your food thoroughly and eat slowly. There seems to be some sort of lag, of around 20 minutes, between when you are actually full up and when your brain knows you are.
So if you do eat quickly you will throw everything off track, resulting in you eating for much longer than you need to. If you chew your food thoroughly you'll reduce the chance of getting indigestion. And before the food gets into your stomach you will be able to start the process of digestion earlier as there are enzymes in your saliva.
Exploring the various methods and tricks when you're wanting to lose fat but not muscle is the best thing to do. Due to there being many different methods that work there's flexibility in the whole process.