Leaner, toner and much more muscular is always the common goal. Some of us are blessed with high metabolism and can get there faster than others. We lift, we try to eat right, we juice and cleanse, we run, we take classes and do everything we can to accomplish that goal.
There are cardio junkies out there and then there are many that hate that cardiovascular section of the gym. Like all fitness goals, to get really cut requires a lifestyle change, and doing it without cardio is actually possible.
Cardio workouts can bring on that amazing runner’s endorphin high and burn calories like crazy. But the pounding on the machines takes a toll on your joints and can often lead to ankle, knee and hip injuries. Adding on, so many people just think it’s boring and it does not help you gain muscle.
You have to eat clean! Diet is everything. Stick to the right combinations of protein (chicken, fish and lean beef), fruits, vegetables, and good fats (avocado) and carbohydrates like oats and grained breads. Don’t load up on carbs like pasta and white bread. Always skip the junk food and ignore alcohol completely—or as much as is possible.
You also have to burn more than you eat, which is weight loss 101. Counting calories is a great way to get a general idea of how much you need to cut back. Depending on your size and what your daily caloric intake should actually be, cutting up to 500 calories a day can help you tremendously, and your body will start to burn fat. The cleaner your diet, the faster the results will show.
IF, known as intermittent fasting, is another way to get those muscles faster. It’s difficult to do and requires you to eat all of your calories within four to eight hours. Not so easy when you have dinner plans but need to fuel before your morning workout. Technically, you are fasting outside this window and consuming only water and low-calorie drinks like green tea.
As a result, insulin levels have been seen to drop, which of course then helps to take off those pounds. This method of eating also helps increase human growth hormones (HGH). These hormones are responsible for your youth, your energy and they help your body function. HGH also plays a huge role in adult metabolism.