We’ve touched on this topic before but it’s a common one, so we get the personal trainer at The Method to give you his professional advice:
Are you working out a ton but unsure of how you can lose weight and still gain more muscle?
Simply put, the answer our personal trainer gave to this questions is, in order to lose body fat and gain muscle, you need to do the right kind of exercise and follow the right kind of diet.
The diet is so key here. Cutting calories will obviously help you lose weight but you want to make sure you’re losing fat instead of muscle. In fact, research suggests that as much as 25 per cent of weight lost by dieters is from muscle. Thats’ the last thing we want to do. You also want to make sure you’re not restricting calories too much or you won’t be able to have very effective workouts and could also slow down your metabolism.
On the flip side, the more muscle you have, the faster your resting metabolism will be! Muscle burns more calories than fat, so the more you have, the higher your metabolic rate will be.
So what’s the secret to preserve muscle while dieting? We say the secret lies in resistance exercise (weight lifting, weight machines, and whole body exercises) and eating lots of protein at the right times When paired with lots of protein, even more than the recommended base amount, can boost the effects of resistance training and build muscle.
Next week on our blog, we are going to provide you with some tips on how to accomplish this goal of losing weight and gaining muscle! Stay tuned! And if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to our personal trainers in Durham!
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