Whether this is the first time you’ve decided to lose weight or your hundredth attempt, you can do this. You can build muscle, lose fat, and feel great. So how do you go about doing this? Glad you asked!
It all begins with building muscle. Now don’t worry you’re not going to turn yourself into the incredible hulk. Women in particular worry that they’ll become too muscular and that just doesn’t happen without some very specialized work.
As you build muscle, your weight may actually increase. Don’t worry; this is okay, because muscle actually weighs more than fat. As your muscles develop, your body will begin to burn fat faster. Your weight training is really quite simple – squats, pushups, and free weights are all the equipment you need.
You’re going to do weight training with cardio exercises to burn fat. Either 30 minutes a day or two 15 minute sessions will be enough cardio to enjoy the benefits. Cardio is as simple as a brisk walk. Of course, there are all kinds of cardio exercises including jogging, cycling, circuit training, and tons of other excellent aerobic exercises. A treadmill can be a great investment because of the convenience of that walk indoors no matter what the weather. Your cardio should raise your heart rate but not make you out of breath.
You will also need to look at your diet. To build muscle you need to make sure you are taking 25% to 30% of your calories in protein. You’ll want to avoid fats, and add plenty of fiber to your diet. Fiber is filling and so you’ll eat less. Avoid eating all processed and packaged foods, which contain little nutrition. Instead, stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, poultry, fish, and lean meat cuts.
For many of us, belly fat is our biggest enemy. It’s also the hardest to lose. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that as long as you do hundreds of crunches. that will do the job. All that will happen is the muscle under the fat will develop and your belly will look larger. Cardio exercises are needed to burn belly fat!
Great, we’ve covered how to build muscle and lose fat, but there’s more to it than exercise and caloric intake. One of the biggest reasons why weight loss fails is failing to have a plan, so get your plan in place. Finally, don’t wait to get motivated. Set goals, reward yourself, get up, and get moving. Before you know it, you’ll have shed those extra pounds.