Sunday, August 26, 2012
Focus on losing weight or building muscle first?
BUILD MUSCLES! Why? The more muscle on your frame, the faster your metabolism will be and the more calories you will burn, just by being alive! It will be easier to lose fat when your metabolism is increased. Muscle burns 3x as many calories as the same amount of fat! Crazy right? Also, eating every 2 1/2- 3 hours is crucial to keep your metabolism working fast! At first you may find yourself eating when you aren't even hungry, but once your body gets used to the routine, you'll be more than hungry when those 2 hours pass! That's because your metabolism is working crazy fast! GOOD SIGN! If cardio is going to be a part of your routine, stick to HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)-Moderate intensity cardio alternated with high intensity intervals. HIIT is considered more effective then regular cardio because you burn through fat while still maintaining muscle! Most cardio sessions are lengthy and can start to burn through precious hard earned muscle. BAD. Stick to HIIT!