Slimming down in one area while bulking up in the rest?

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    Jun 10, 2011 12:32 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I have a question that's bugging me. I've been working out for about 9 months now, have gotten into pretty good shape. I've always been fairly thin and lanky and it's not that easy to put on muscle, but I've made progress. The problem, however, is that I have a spare tire; nothing major, but just lovehandles and more belly than I'd like. But I'm thin everywhere else. So my problem is that in order to bulk up generally, I'm supposed to eat a lot of protein and calories speaking, but in order to lose the stubborn spare tire, I'm supposed to go on some sort of calorie restrictive diet. At least I think. I'm still fairly new to all this fitness stuff. My question is, is it possible to lose some weight in one area while bulking up in the rest? If so, any tips? Or should I just concentrate on muscle growth generally which will (hopefully) eventually deal with the spare tire? Thanks in advance!
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    Jun 10, 2011 1:19 PM GMT
    Ehh...

    Here's a recent article on the subject in which they reduced mass but increased lean body mass:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21558571
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    Jun 10, 2011 1:50 PM GMT
    If you don't mind slower gains in LBM it can be done. Conventional wisdom is "you are skinny, bulk up and cut". But if you eat right, put together a full body lifting program, and find that very fine line of just enough calories per day to maintain your gains, you can slowly burn that tire off. But it wont be overnight.