It’s a common question – Can you lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. Great news, the answer is emphatically “yes.” When you build muscle and tone up, your body will use the fat to feed those muscles so overall, it’s a win-win for you.
To lose fat you need to do cardio exercises, eat a low fat, low carb, and low calorie diet, and do weight training or resistance training. To gain muscle you should do very little cardio exercise, eat a high carb, high protein, high calorie diet, and do weight training. As you can see, they are complete opposites, which is why trying to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time simply doesn’t work.
The secret is to implement phases. There’s the muscle building phase, and then there is the fat losing phase. Don’t worry if you see your weight increasing. Muscle weighs more than fat and so you can find yourself weighing more and yet losing inches around the waist.
When you are in the muscle building phase you will be eating more calories and your diet will include high proteins, complex carbs, and good fats. Many women worry they will become too muscular. The odds of that happening are very slim, but what you will do is develop strength and tone your body.
When you are in the fat training phase, you’ll be reducing your calories, eating lower carbs, but still eating protein and good fats. So you see protein and good fats remains constant. As you move into the fat training phase, you’re now only worried about maintaining the strength you’ve developed. Your focus now is to melt away the fat and because you’ve been building muscle the fat is now much easier to melt away.
Your fat phase involves cardio exercises. Did you know a brisk walk is considered a cardio exercise? It’s simple, it has no costs associated with it, and it’s effective. Cycling, jogging, and running are other good cardio exercises. Basically, any exercise that gets your heart rate up is a good cardio exercise. Remember, you should not be out of breath when doing your cardio exercises.
So you see you can lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. It all begins by putting your plan into action and then getting motivated. So what are you waiting for? We at Wonderfully Fit Personal Training are here to provide nutritional, and exercise support you may have. Contact Terrine today.