As we all now big and bulky is over; the quest is to get that lean and toned look. But how do we put muscle on without fat?
Muscle and fat are like oil and water, they definitely are not the same, and you don’t want to mix them. Except this is exactly what does happen, all too often in badly thought out bulk up strategies.
Yes we want muscle, but in the right way, and gaining lean muscle without fat is the key to doing so. Yet we know that we need a certain amount of muscle as guys in order to look and feel good. So the question of how to put on muscle without fat is an important one. Here are some tips to help you.
1) Avoid bulking
Trying to bulk up is not the best way to beef up. The only shape we gain from this is a rounder and softer one, like a doughnut! Nope, the key to putting on muscle really doesn’t require you to suddenly start to eat like a Sumo wrestler.
2) Use your nutrition plan to keep lean
Since you don’t need extra calories to stimulate muscle growth you can eat at maintenance, or even below so that you lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. This is the route to a rapid improvement in your proportions and the way you look.
3) Never ever use the scale to gauge progress!
Seriously if you are wanting to improve the look and shape of your body the number on the scale really doesn’t matter. How much do you think an inch on your arms actually weighs anyhow? Its way to common to see people growing more and more out of shape, but sticking with the plan because the number on the scale is going up. Don’t be one of them. If you are gaining weight quickly, be worried, it’s probably fat.
4) Know what signs to look for
Rather than bodyweight, use the mirror and signal clothes to let you know you are putting on muscle without fat. As you do so you will see your waist should decrease or stay the same, with your chest and shoulders increasing to indicate lean muscle gain. This will also move you towards the ideal lean toned look with a v-shaped torso. You’ll be able to see the difference and so will everyone else.
5) Use effective and efficient workouts
More really isn’t better. Long workouts aren’t needed and just lead to overtraining and burnout. They also tend to lead to you eating more to compensate for all that gruelling work you are doing. This is a lose-lose as you will end up tired, and gaining weight!
Instead of the marathon workouts you may see peddled in the muscle media of the hulky bodybuilder, use brief intense workouts. Aside from saving you time to actually have a life, they create a cocktail of beneficial fat melting hormones, to help you look better, and feel younger.
Less training means you also minimise stress hormones that prevent muscle building and encourage fat storage.
Knowing how to put on muscle without fat and not giving up your life to do so will help you not just to become better looking, but to live a better, more fun-filled life.