Calling all men!
Five important tips: Improve your health, gain muscle and shed pounds
You’re invited to join me in my man-cave while I share five important strategies to help you improve your health, gain the muscle you want, and shed those stubborn extra pounds.
CLARIFY WHAT IS MEANT BY “WEIGHT”!
Weight takes different forms. It is important to recognize the difference between “useless extra weight” stored as fat, and “functional mass,” which is muscle. Ten pounds of undesirable stored fat is just extra weight and stress on the body. However, ten pounds of muscle can produce force production, stabilize the body and enable you to handle more physical loads and stress.
YOU ARE A MAN – TRAIN LIKE ONE!
Your body is meant to be powerful, so train that way. By building strength and lean body mass, you will elevate your metabolism; that elevated rate will last for several days. Superset compound exercises that work multiple muscles simultaneously.
Hit the gym. Don’t plod away on the treadmill, which doesn’t always stimulate your body to shed fat. Research has shown that high intensity interval training is more effective (than long slow duration cardio) and more efficient. Get better results in less time!
EAT LIKE A MAN!
Demand the most from your carbs. Choose complex carbs (like sweet potatoes and brown rice) over simple carbs (white bread and sugary sodas). You get more nutrients and fiber from a sweet potato than a slice of white bread, even though the calories may be the same.
Eat Your Greens. Muscle-building vegetables like broccoli and spinach aren’t just rich in vitamins and minerals, they also help regulate levels of free estrogen in the bloodstream. That’s important for guys trying to add muscle.
FUEL UP LIKE A MAN!
Stop focusing on calories. Yes, you need fewer calories, but don’t go too far. You do need calories to be big. Going too low on calories can trigger your body to store MORE fat, as it perceives this under-nourishment could be long-term; it begins preserving energy for survival, not for performance.
BE MENTALLY TOUGH!
Don’t worry about the numbers on the scale. Gaining muscle will add weight (and speed up your metabolism).
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