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Build Muscle And Lose Fat: Is That Really Possible?

Posted Dec 29 2008 6:07pm

How would you react when you see a man with a perfect wedge-shaped body? Would not you feel jealous when you see a man with those huge biceps and a thin waist? The truth is that we all love to look good. However, keeping ourselves in good shape is not always a child’s play. I have come across many obese people who want to lose weight without doing anything.

Let us first convince ourselves that one cannot lose weight (or fat) without ’sweating it out’. In other words, you need to work out at a gymnasium or do some form of aerobics and/or cardiovascular exercise to burn fat. There are no shortcuts whatsoever to get a well-toned body in a week or two. There are five essential nutrients that we all require, irrespective of age and sex- carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins.

Carbohydrates give us energy. There are two types of carbohydrates- simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Stick to complex carbohydrates like potatoes, pasta and oatmeal. It is foolish to believe that consumption of carbohydrates results in weight-gain. Opt for low GI (Glycemic Index) foods. Like carbohydrates, fats are also important. Educate yourself about the difference between ‘good fats’ and ‘bad fats’.

Is it possible to ‘build muscle and lose fat’ simultaneously? It has been proved that following a strict workout regimen along with a well-planned diet program definitely helps in weight loss. What is the recipe to build muscle and lose fat? There is no magical method to make you slim overnight. Cardiovascular exercises like swimming, running, cycling burn more calories than other exercises.

Any form of cardiovascular exercise must be performed on an empty stomach. Right after you get up in the morning, you should perform a 30-minute cardiovascular workout. If you want to build muscle and lose fat, you must say ‘goodbye’ to fried snacks and sweets.

You must read ‘health articles’ on the World Wide Web. You can also find ‘exercise videos’ on the Internet. Such videos are of great help if you want to learn the correct way of performing an exercise using a dumbbell or a barbell. Caffeine and green tea also aid in fat loss. Type the keywords ‘ weight loss help ‘ on any of the search engines and you would find a number of fitness portals matching your requirements.

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