Successful Weight Loss
In order for you to have a successful weight loss plan you need to have two important inter-related factors not only in mind but planned out from the get-go.
In this article, we’ll look at these two factors and devise a strategy which is simple to follow and is guaranteed to provide results. You may think that sounds too easy and that you’ve already done everything in your power to be successful at weight loss but sometimes it’s the basics that trip most of us up.
Clear your mind and forget all the clutter, we’re going to jump right in together and we’re going to conquer!
Successful Weight Loss Factor #1
You’ll hear it time and time again, the most important and number factor to successful weight loss is a healthy diet that varies according to your seasonal exercise plan.
Most of us want to lose fat, gain muscle and look ripped all at the same time, but the truth is that you should vary your strategy to tackle one of these at a time. What I mean by this is that if your goal is to gain muscle then you shouldn’t be overly freaked out about gaining some weight at the same time. If you’re female and not necessarily interested in gaining muscle you must remember that even 1 extra pound of muscle will help drive your metabolism higher so you are burning more fat during rest so you need to work into your plan a stage for this. Let’s go a little deeper.
Muscle is composed of water and amino acids which compose our muscle fibers so take 6-8 weeks and focus on eating plenty of food and extra water to really build a good foundation of muscle. Your food should be focused on protein and carbohydrate portions with the majority coming from lean meats, beans, lentils, yams, oats, brown rice and of course whey protein.
For your muscle building phase, and yes this does absolutely apply to you women out there, I would highly recommend that you keep your high carb intake mostly in the morning and early afternoon. This will feed your muscles and allow you to push your hardest during your workouts. Aim for 2 or even 3 protein shakes a day (this year the visitors from my site are giving the greatest feedback for Optimum 100% Double Rich Chocolate & Myofusion’s Chocolate Milk).
Now what about when your objective is focused on fat loss. Generally speaking you want this phase to be about 2 months before beach season to give yourself plenty of time to start shedding the excess weight you may have gained during your muscle gaining phase.
During this phase you want to take out your high carb foods after 7pm (if you are sleeping at around 11pm) and try and eliminate any junk foods during the week. Giving yourself a cheat day or two during the weekends is not a bad idea to allow you to still enjoy your guilty pleasures and take off some of the pressure of eating perfectly all the time.
So what about your exercise plan, how do you leverage that to give you a win at successful weight loss?
Successful Weight Loss Factor #2
During your muscle gaining phase you want to lower your reps of each exercise to about 6-8, where the last couple reps are really challenging you to the max. Your rest periods between sets and exercises can range in the 60-90 second area.
Remember, during this phase your plentiful diet is going to support your muscle recovery and hence why I recommended 2 or even 3 protein shakes a day.
During your weight loss phase you will want to increase your reps to the 12-14 range so the weights you will be using will have to be lighter. Your rest period should also be cut to about 30 seconds between sets and exercises. This will allow you to increase your metabolic rate and become a fat burning furnace.
You will also want to think about adding 2-3 sessions a week of HIIT – high intensity interval training so try my ultimate treadmill workout routine.
Since your training is going to be quite intense and especially if you up it to 5 or 6 days a week make sure to include Omega 3’s (like Optimum fish oil) and the amino acid glutamine (such as Scivation Xtend). For those of you who want to increase your weight loss gains by increasing your metabolism and battling junk food cravings, think about USPlabs Oxyelite Pro which is bar the most popular supplement on my site and has gained rave reviews.
Successful Weight Loss: Conclusion
There you have it, two very important inter-related factors which only work well when you combine a variation of exercise and nutrition according to your seasonal objective. Regardless of your sex, having a season to gain muscle weight and a season to lose fat is spectacular technique which all fitness athletes use becuase it works. Don’t make it overly complicated for yourself and follow this advice because in the end you will be winning the war at successful weight loss!
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