I’ll take a $10 burger over a $40 steak any day.
Fwoaaahh... those steaks look friggin' awesome, Brother CentristNutz!
My solution to this dilemma:
Have the best of both worlds and cook a steak and whack it into a burger.
Just go a extra mile on that treadmill and eat what ever you want. Cat has 0 carbs
Its true, I cut out sugary drinks and bread for a couple months and lost like 40 lbs. But muscle is metabolically expensive...if you are not careful you will burn muscle too. (Like you said)I cycle 20 to 40 miles weekly, many times pulling my 40lbs grandson behind me. Was still gaining weight.
Cutting carbs, and sugar did the trick.
If you introduce carbs, and sugar, your body will store the fat, and burn the carbs/sugar as energy.
Take away the carbs, and sugar, your body will burn the fat. If you have no fat it might start burning muscle.