Lose weight and gain muscle. This might seem like a contradiction to many people because they think that most body weight is muscle. Wrong. The truth is that you can gain lots of weight, and most of it can be in the form of fat or water. If you want to lose weight and look muscular and awesome, you can. You just have to lose the fat and gain muscle. Follow the tips below to get on the road to a better-looking, lighter, and healthier you.
Eat More Fruits And Vegetables
If you want to lose weight, you have to load up on fruits and vegetables. Besides being packed with a wide collection of vitamins and nutrients, fruits and veggies are also packed with fiber. Fiber not only helps your body clean itself up-both in terms of colorectal health and cardiovascular health-it also helps you feel fuller longer. When you feel fuller longer, you have less intense cravings and you eat less. This cuts down on your calorie intake and you burn more fat to compensate.
Eat More Lean Protein
When the term ‘lean protein’ is mentioned, people often immediately think of lean chicken breast or even ‘the other white meat’-pork. The truth is, meat is still packed with fat when compared to plants. And if that is not bad enough, meat protein is packed with the worst kind of fat-saturated fat. Saturated fat can clog your arteries and cause all sorts of health problems. Instead, you should try to load up on plant-based protein from beans and other plants.
Eat Less Sugar
Now that you are loading up on the protein, you have to make sure your body uses the right fuel. When it comes to losing weight, that fuel better be your stored fat. This means you have to skip sodas and sugary deserts. If you are going to eat sugar, it should be in the form of fruits. When you skip out on sugar, your body burns fat for energy and this makes your muscles leaner.
Exercise To Cut Your Muscle
Finally, in addition to eating the right foods, you have to cut your muscle tone by dissolving the fat that covers your muscles. You need to exercise. Nothing dramatic. A 30 minute brisk walk daily should be enough. However, if you want to speed things along, you need to ratchet up the intensity of your workouts.