Hello! It seems there has been a thread of a series here on maintaining our health and really finding ways to be strong and healthy . In this post we are talking about how to turn fat into muscle in 5 easy steps. Ready for this adventure? Here we go!
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Think it’s high time you got your body back in shape? Carrying around a couple of extra pounds that it’s time to work off?
If so, you might be tempted to start a new diet and increase your fitness regime.
But is that really the best thing for you to do?
Instead of simply trying to lose as much weight as possible, you should focus on turning your fat to muscle.
Sure, you will lose weight in the process, but turning all that flab to muscle will help you sculpt your body.
For guys, it means getting the six pack you’ve always wanted and for girls, you will finally have the perfect bikini body.
Or the body that does not have to make it as the society definition of what is beautiful, but rather what is comfortable and most healthy for you.
So, ready to turn that fat into muscle? Here are the five steps you need to take.
Here we go!
1.Eat More Meat or Plant Protein
To make more muscle, your body needs plenty of protein. The best protein source is meat, so you should try and increase your intake.
If you are a vegetarian, you can simply up your intake of nuts, avocados, and lentils. Ideally, you need to eat one gram of protein for every pound of your body weight.
As one who is vegan, I am often asked did you get enough protein? But the fact is that plant protein actually has even more concentrated protein than animal fat with loads of minerals and vitamins packed into it also. Almonds, kale, broccoli, chick peas, lentils and the list goes on.
2.Increase Your Calorie Intake
Eating more protein isn’t enough, though. You also need to increase your calorie intake. Don’t worry, though, this won’t lead to weight gain as you will be working out enough to burn it all off.
All of this extra food will speed up your body’s creation of muscle mass.
There are also some dietary supplements that you might want to consider taking. Basically, anything that helps boost the body’s testosterone levels, like Protodioscin, will be a big help.
You might also want to start drinking a supplement-rich protein shake before each workout for as many healthy nutrients as possible!
Lately at the market have shown for us vegan pea protein and hemp protein drinks that pack huge wallops of protein per cup. So do look for those at your local stores.
4.Focus On Strength Workouts
You will need to carry out some cardio workouts to burn off some of your fat, but it’s important that you focus more on strength training as this is what converts the fat to muscle.
And there is no better way to work your body’s strength than by lifting weights. If you are completely new to working out, then any workout that includes some resistance will be enough to kick start your body’s protein conversion to muscle.
But if you’ve been lifting weights for a while and have noticed your progress slowing, it will be time to add some squats, bench presses, and dead lifts to mix things up a bit.
Just as an aside and very funny story about weight lifting. In my junior year of high school I was the lead in a play. And the play was truly about this student deciding how to skip classes.
For real. And as one who had never even entertained that idea for fear of being found out.. I decided it was worth the try.
So of all things to skip, I skipped gym class. And on the night of the dress rehearsal, my dad just happened to have sat down next to the Vice Principal, who leaned over to my dad and said : you know your daughter takes her roles very seriously.
Argggh, wow it was a long ride home that night!
And I was assigned to a weight lifting class! And boy did my body change through that process! Just saying…it does add muscle and loads of strength.
5.Drink Milk or Chamomile Tea Before Bed
Do you always have a drink before bed? If so, you need to start having a glass of milk rather than water . Not only will milk help you fall to sleep quicker and get a better night’s rest, but it can help prevent the breakdown of protein and muscle while you sleep. That will ensure that the effects of your workouts last for longer.
So, if you are ready to convert some of your body’s fat into healthier muscle, you just need to follow the five steps above.
So do these five steps and see how much muscle you can build and see your strength change. And do tell me how they worked for you, OK?
Eat more protein, build up calories, drink something soothing before bed, take some supplements,strength workouts.
Here is to more muscle and less fat!
In peace and gratitude,
Founder of success-full-living.com
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