You can lose weight and gain muscle at the same time if you exercise correctly and effectively!
Many weight loss enthusiasts go through the process of losing weight while losing muscle at the same time and find themselves discouraged when they look in the mirror. Many find themselves a slave to the scale and focus too much on losing weight rather than shedding inches and gaining muscle. It is true, muscle does weigh more than fat, so focusing only on the scale can give you a false perception of what you are really losing.
If you implement a solid strength training program along with three to four days of cardio, or include a strength training program that also implements cardio into the workout, you can lose weight and gain muscle at the same time. The strength training increases muscle tone and it is actually the muscle that burns fat at a higher rate than simply trying to shed it by doing cardio exclusively. The more muscle you have on your body, the less fat! This means that the more muscle you gain, you will actually burn fat off of your body at a higher rate. The lean red muscle will help to burn fat in and out of the gym, which means that even while resting your body will be working on burning fat and improving your weight loss efforts.
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