Did you know that you can look like you’ve lost weight without actually losing anything at all? When you work to build your muscles, you will find that you not only feel better but you look terrific too.
Muscle building burns calories, so you are bound to lose some weight but what it also does is tone your body and you may actually take inches off your waist and other areas of the body without ever dieting at all (this doesn’t mean you have a green light to go ahead and eat anything you want).
It is not possible to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time, no matter how hard you try. You need to do one, then the other, in order to get exactly the results you are looking for. But when you build your muscles, you are actually reducing body fat, so even if you don’t actually follow a strict diet, you are still going to get into the shape you want.
You Still Need to Eat Healthy
Just because you are not dieting to lose weight while you are muscle building, you still need to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet, in order to be healthy and make sure that you are getting all of the nutrients that you need. Protein is essential, especially if you are planning on building muscles. Protein is a macronutrient that is essential for survival. It is a natural source of energy and essential for the maintenance and recovery of muscles, which is very important when you are weight training. You also need to make sure that you are getting enough of the good carbohydrates (complex, not simple) and good fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated, not saturated).
Using Supplements for Muscle Building
You’ve probably seen weight lifters and other athletes using dietary supplements and wonder if they are really any good. Yes they are, for the most part. There are some supplements out there that don’t agree with everyone and if you decide to use them, you may have to try a few different types before settling on the one that suits your needs best. If you do use a supplement, make sure that it is rich in protein. These can be used before and after workouts, to promote muscle recovery.
Even though you can’t really lose pounds while you are building muscle, you are going to lose weight. If you actually stick to your weight lifting and exercise routine, you will soon see that you are looking slim and trim and you will find that you feel pretty good too.
Author: Kristin Baker at Extreme Home Workout. The top place to grab Shaun T Insanity and get fit in just 60 Days.