achieving a Leaner Physique
of the most common goals among exercisers and those interested in beginning
an exercise program is to decrease body fat and increase lean muscle
Fortunately there is hope for most people seeking this goal considering there is no health condition involved. Unfortunately it is work and a lifestyle change, which for some is the hardest commitment of all. The bottom line is that in order to get the desired results you can't just take a pill or diet, it is a combination deal where you attack from all sides!
The first step is examining your diet. Reality check. No need to get technical, count calories or weigh your food to the ounce. Think common sense, you want the majority of your diet to consist of vegetables of the leafy type, green and orange assortment, low fat proteins like tofu, beans, skinless poultry, lean meats, fish, canned tuna, eggs, no fat cottage cheese or yogurt, and no fat whey protein supplement. Try to have your 1 - 2 servings of fruit before noon (if you are off season, fruit still is a sugar) and choose the whole fruit versus the juice. Try to choose brown rice, tempeh, and similar grains more than wheat products or processed foods. Decrease your bread intake and go easy on potatoes, instead choose sweet potatoes on occasion. Salt, sugar, alcohol products, fats and sauces will simply defeat your goal, so your choice for being lean is made here!
Another major issue is to make sure you eat the good
foods I mentioned throughout the day, taking in 6 small meals consisting
of 3 main meals and 3 smaller ones for snack. Once you achieve your
goal you can then cheat once in a while, maybe twice per month, on a
weekend choosing a meal to enjoy and a desert or beverage but overall
you should keep your diet clean. There is no need to be hungry, you
can always have some veggies raw for those times or a protein substance,
the results are worth it.
next area to consider is your cardiovascular. The bottom line on this
one is pretty common sense as well, you burn glucose and fats for fuel,
to move and function, so the more you move and at a higher intensity
for a longer continuous time, causes your fuels to become utilized,
and if you aren't taking in tons of sugar and fat, then your body will
burn what you have stored already! Just don't pass the border of burning
The last piece the puzzle is to weight train, that means you ladies too! You will not grow like a man! Keep your weight light, and reps high, next thing you know you can wave and not have your arm flapping underneath! Balance your program to hit all the muscle groups which are mainly Chest, Legs, Back, Shoulders, Biceps, Triceps, Abdominals. Sets of 2 to 4 are your standard and reps from 6 to 30 are also standard depending on the desired result in regard to just toning or adding a little more mass. Either way muscle helps increase your metabolism in the end in turn activating more fat burning.
Stretching is essential to your recovery and should
never be over looked; some can be done in between sets, holding the
stretch usually for 15 to 30 seconds.
Not only will implementing these suggestions get you to your desired goal to lose fat, but you will also be doing your body a world of good at a cellular level which you can feel in some ways, but can't really see because these are benefits aside from looking younger, feeling energized or leaning down. These benefits are stroke prevention, cancer prevention, reversal of arthritis and osteoporosis, improving heart and lung function, reducing blood pressure and hypertension, decreasing diabetes, and I could go on, you get the point!