The Best Ways to Gain Muscle and Lose Fat

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If you’re looking for the best ways to gain muscle while losing fat, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to break down eight ways to maximize the potential for muscle growth and weight loss. Let’s do it.

Total Body Lifts

You know those isolated weight machines at the gym? They are fantastic and have excellent benefits but for maximum fat burning, let’s focus on compound exercises that target numerous muscles all at the same time. Exercises such as;

  • Squats
  • Pull-ups
  • Pushups
  • Lunges

These will help you lose weight and build muscle in spectacular ways.

Spice Up Your Training Program

Create a training program, stick with it for a few weeks (maybe 3 – 6 weeks to be exact) and then toss it out and change it up. Motivation is essential, and the repetitive nature of workout programs, if used repeatedly, isn’t going to help with your motivation to continue training regularly. 

Interval Training

Interval training is something that works great with cardio and is a good way to lose fat while retaining muscle. With interval training, you can also spike your metabolism and get fit far faster than you would through standard training. 

A sprint a few times a week can yield very positive results. All you need to do is warm-up, sprint your heart out for 30-seconds, before resting and recovering at a slow pace for a minute before repeating the process over the course of a half-hour. Easy right?

STOP Restricting Calories

So many diets call for the strict conditions of ‘calorie restrictions,’ where you’re given daily allowed amounts or other things to limit your access and consumption of calories. Undereating, however, won’t help you gain muscle. So forget what you think you know, and focus on thriving instead of starving. 

Avoid Stress, and Focus On Stress Management

Stress, believe it or not, can actually slow down your metabolism. This means losing weight becomes a hell of a lot more difficult when you’re feeling stressed out. Worse, the hormones associated with high levels of stress can actually add to your weight. 

Look for means of relieving stress, be it yoga, dancing, jogging, hiking, therapy, whatever. Just find an outlet and coping mechanism and a tool to alleviate stress.

Don’t Neglect Your Sleep.

The power of a good night’s rest is something that everything else on this list relies on. Sleep deprivation can negatively affect countless aspects of your life. Still, health and fitness goals are major losers when you are without the recommended amount of sleep. 

When you’re focusing on losing weight and building muscle, you’re learning the correct methods of achieving those goals. Unfortunately, when you don’t sleep, you compromise your cognitive abilities, among others, causing you to be ineffective at retaining information and correctly applying it.

Final Thoughts

Are you looking to get in shape, lose weight, or build muscle? Do you need someone that will make sure you train, keep you motivated and push you to achieve your goals? You need a personal trainer in Orange County. Contact us At VIP Fitness today.