Almost every athlete, weekend warrior, or gym regular wants to build bigger muscles while losing body fat at the same time. This can be a challenging task because the traditionalists will tell you that one must sacrifice either definition or gains in muscle.
While it’s easier to focus on one or the other there are a few tricks you can use that will have you on the right track in no time.
First things first – The Traditional Approach
To gain muscle a person has to consume more food, protein, carbs, fats, nutrients, and vitamins than they need to get bigger and less overall calories if they wish to get leaner.
This of course is the main reason bodybuilders tend to “Bulk Up” in the off-season.
This means the individual will eat loads of calories in the hopes of gaining more muscle mass. The extra muscle gain is achievable but the individual also will experience a significant gain of fat in the process, oftentimes more than the muscle gains.
After the “Bulking Up” period the individual will usually want to “rip up” for summer or for a contest. Then they usually have to subject themselves to a rigorous training and restrictive diet for 3-6 months to get they’re body fat levels where the muscles are clearly defined.
The continual up and down Yo-Yo in weight gain plays havoc with the physical body not too mention the psyche of the individual. This generally accepted practice in bodybuilding has also led to the widespread use of drugs used by many athletes to bulk up or to get ripped.
Bodybuilding Traditionalist’s Dirty Secret:
The Truth of the matter is what the editors and writers for the big magazines won’t tell you is the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs by the top amateur and professional athletes who use an array of pharmaceuticals to build and maintain their muscles while dieting.
Don’t be fooled into believing everything you read in magazines, especially those that have stories of some unknown, gaining muscles or slimming down within 6 weeks after trying some magic pill/powder, and have a one-page ad for the same or similar product, on the opposite page. Great stories sell magazines but are often maligned with untruths to get your credit card details.
Look at those around you in the gym who have made it through hard-work, determination, dedication and effort! Ask their advice or seek out a reputable online source for advice and information on training for a new you.