Today, we’re going to cover how to pack on that muscle mass and how to lose unwanted weight. There are plenty of misconceptions of all of the techniques you can use for each goal. When it comes to packing on mass or losing weight, it is not always an “either - or” snap decision on how to do it. Remember, there are always positive consequences to the choices you make when it comes to your workout plans and LIFE period.
Packing on Mass
Caloric intake is important. If you're trying to add muscle then you need to ramp up your intake! Make sure that you're not just consuming calories that are empty in nutrients. Calories are in all natural foods we eat on a daily. Get creative and mix up types of food you eat so your body doesn't grow tired of any particular meal.
Protein intake, gotta have it. Super important since it's the only nutrient that stimulates muscle growth. Proteins can be found in natural foods we eat and in supplements.
Eat immediately after training. You really can waste a great workout by not following this rule. Carbs before workouts, proteins after equal awesome muscle feeding foods.
Track your growth. Have a look in the mirror everyday to see what may need some work on your next workout. Measure yourself twice a month and write down your results. Bring a notebook with you to the gym for planned workouts for optimal training.
Weight training. Lift often and lift heavy. For some serious gains, you can expect to continually build your endurance up which means packing on heavier weights throughout time. Stay focused on your goal and have serious fun through all the sweat!
Cardio for cutting.
Cardio is great for building up endurance for your regular workout schedule and for getting your heart rate up to make burning fat easier. Cardio is key for anyone no matter their fitness goals!
Eating less processed foods and sugars. You will ultimately feel the weight lifting off if you by just cutting back on these things in your diet. Just imagine dropping off boxes after lugging them around all day. You feel lighter, right? Similarly diets that consist of heavily processed foods and sugars weigh you down and make it harder for you to digest and release toxins from your body. Clean it out!
Lighter weights, more reps. Your body needs time to build up and build muscle. First, you need to burn off the excess fat and toxins. Even if it feels like you're not physically burning anything during workouts, your results over a span of time will prove otherwise.
Kettle bell workouts. The kettle bell is an awesome tool. Any workout with it typically requires using your whole body. You will definitely feel the burn and see the results by staying consistent with it. I also find that it's great for beginner fitness peeps because it is very versatile in ways you can work out with it.
Positively patient. Mindset is everything! You didn't reach your current state overnight, it took time to become not as healthy or not the size you desire to be. This means that it's going to take some time to get TO where you want be. Get rid of the scales and body mirrors - getting trapped in craving instant gratification lead to you skipping workouts and eating unhealthier when things fail to meet your expedited deadlines.
These are monumental steps towards reaching YOUR fitness goals. Remember that staying hydrated and resting for recovery are key to both of these fitness goals. Take the steps with an accepting and abundant attitude- and you'll get everything you want!! Work smart, AND hard!