Is weight loss your goal? Do you want to build muscle? Maybe you want to lose fat. You can do all three things at the same time. It all starts with a healthy diet, no matter what your goal. A healthy diet can help you lose weight, lose fat and gain muscle. In the gym, it’s time to turn to the right type of exercises. While building muscle mass may be your focus, for weight loss, you want a workout that burns the most calories, while preserving muscle mass. The same is true for burning fat.
How do you start eating healthier.
The simplest way to improve your diet is to cut out sugar, refined or processed food and eat more whole foods, such as fresh and colorful fruits and vegetables, lean meat and whole grains. Simply cutting out food with added sugar and other refined carbohydrates like processed grains. Limit saturated fats and omit trans fats from your diet. What you drink makes a big difference, make it water, unsweetened tea or black coffee.
It’s all about working out and the right type of workout.
Again, any type of exercise you do is good—as long as you’re doing it correctly. However, you’ll see quicker progress when you do specific types of workouts. Workouts that provide full body exercise and high intensity interval training—HIIT—provide the most benefit in the shortest time frame. Kettlebells are full body exercises and HIIT can be full body ones. You won’t get the benefit you want from just doing aerobic workouts. While you will burn fat, you’ll also burn muscle tissue, too.
You’ll build more muscle tissue when you shorten your workout.
Working out harder and at a faster pace, taking short breaks between exercises, not only burns more calories and sheds fat, it also boosts muscle development, too. You can increase the number of reps in a specific time or increase the weight you lift. Building muscle and burning fat isn’t all about the number of hours you spend, but how you spend those hours. Sometimes, less is more when it comes to building muscles and burning fat.
- Never underestimate the power of sleep. Adequate sleep can boost your energy level, so you’ll burn more calories and help keep your hunger and satiety hormones balanced so you won’t overeat.
- Make water your best friend. Staying hydrated is important for a number of reasons. It helps you stay fuller so you don’t over eat, while also ensuring you are working at peak energy levels to burn more calories.
- Eat adequate protein and healthy fat. Both healthy fat and protein are important for weight loss. Protein is important for building muscles and both are necessary for the body to function at peak performance.
- If you’re trying to lose fat, remember, it’s not all about weight loss. Fat loss is more about losing inches than checking the numbers on the scale. Even if you don’t shed a pound, the more muscle you have, the thinner you’ll look.
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