Posted by: AMER ABDULBAKI
on Mar 07, 2011
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FAT LOSS: What does it mean to you?
To many gym-rookies, or beginner fat loss seekers this means cut the calories, especially the carbohydrates, amp up the cardio, and switching from heavy, to light weight resistance training until of course they realize they did loose weight, but the wrong type of weight, and have the “skinny-fat syndrome” Skinny-Fat Syndrome is when you are skinny, but still carry the same level of body fat.
What immediately happens when you cut the calories, especially the calories from carbs, bump up the cardio to an hour a day, and reduce the weight you lift is that your body is less anabolic (fat burning, muscle-building) and more catabolic (muscle-burning). Instead, your body burns away your hard earned muscle, and keeps the body fat especially since you are not stimulating growth with the new lightweight training program, and isn’t being fueled properly since your fuel comes from food, primarily via complex carbohydrates!
FAT LOSS: To me, this means an increase in my caloric intake, and a slight switch of my macronutrient breakdown. Wait; did I just say INCREASE in calories? Yes, I always increase my caloric intake because the workload increases. Not only am I weight training, but as well I am performing cardio, so I want to preserve, and even gain muscle mass while burning body fat!
Summer is just around the corner; don’t make the mistake of trying to get your summer body by cutting your calories and amping up the cardio. Seek professional guidance, or do the research so you get your hot ripped body effectively, efficiently, and in a safe manner
4 Simple tips to get your HOT SUMMER BODY IN 2011!
1. Use a healthy macronutrient breakdown. Ex. 40/40/20
a. A common mistake is to cut the carbs, or fats completely and increase the protein significantly to have a breakdown such as 60/35/5
2. Your body needs carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats for growth, cell reproduction, energy, transportation of nutrients, and fat loss!
3. To maintain or even increase muscle mass while burning fat DO NOT begin to lift lightweights. You gained muscle by lifting heavy, and it will only stay or continue to grow by constantly placing tension on the area with heavy weights.
4. Do not perform long duration low intensity cardio; instead perform high intensity interval cardio for a shorter period of time. A perfect example is to compare the body of a long distance runner, to an Olympic sprinter. A sprinter has a muscular, toned, ripped physique, mainly due to the way they train!