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Cut Fat, Build Muscle

April 26, 2011 Print This ArticleShare

Author: Michael Greeves


Cut Fat & Gain Muscle Mass

Building muscle is easier than you may think. If you are considering taking up a rigorous training program that will help you cut fat and gain muscle mass, the following tips are for you.

Start by adhering to a healthy muscle diet. This will consist of vitamins, minerals, proteins and good fats. Stick to proper nutrition no matter what you do. Make sure you eat five to eight small meals a day. These will be used by your body and can be quite helpful when you are taking part in intense training.

Cardio is the key. You can use strength training to build your muscle , but the way to really trim fat is by doing cardiovascular exercise. This should be performed 30 to 45 minutes a day, five days a week. Cardio is what gets your heart rate up and really causes your metabolism to speed up. This will give you energy throughout the day and begin the process of trimming fat and burning muscle by working together with the other exercises you do in your strength training routine.

You may choose to do your cardio indoors our outside, Whether you use a treadmill or stationary bike, or decide to jump rope or walk, cardio is essential for trimming fat and building muscle.

Strength train to begin gaining muscle mass. Don't think of it as replacing your fat with muscle. Instead, think of it from the perspective of trimming fat and building muscle at the same time. This is what you will be doing. As your cardio begins to work on the fat, the strength training will work on the muscle. Actually, both the cardio and strength will play a significant role in both, but the cardio is what will help you trim the fat while the strength training will help you tone and gain muscle mass.

Work out at or near the same time every day. This serves two purposes. It gets your body used to the same schedule on a daily basis. It also enables you to get used to the same schedule on a daily basis. Remember, working out is just as much a mental process as it is a physical one. Failing to train at the same time every day could result in you talking yourself out of working out for one day. Before you know it, one day will turn to two, and the process may continue along those lines.

Increase your workouts as you go along. When your muscles become used to lifting a certain amount of weight, increase it. This may mean decreasing the number of sets and reps for each exercise where an increase in weight takes place, but it is what will keep the fat off and help your muscles continue to grow.



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