Are you afraid of entering a “cutting phase” because you are skeptical about losing your precious muscle mass?
No worries, I had the same issue before I dedicated myself to get lean and shredded for my first fitness competition.
When it comes to torching slabs of fat in a short period of time while maintaining your hard earned muscle mass, there are a few key points that you may want to focus on. You see, starving yourself and running on the treadmill 5 times per week might help you lose weight, but a less extreme and more thought out approach will help you burn fat. Did that not make sense? Losing weight and burning fat are two totally different things. Losing weight (muscle, fat, water, etc.) can easily be done by burning more calories than you consume. However, keeping your hard earned muscle for a sharp, toned, fitness model physique is a little more complicated when entering a “cutting phase” (and less draining).
Fat Burning Secrets I used to drop 14% Body-fat in 14 weeks…without losing a pound of muscle
Tip #1 – More Weights, Less Cardio
One huge mistake most people make when trying to burn fat is they decrease the amount of weightlifting and increase the amount of cardio. Although this approach could work given the proper nutrition and balance between the two, increasing the weightlifting and keeping the cardio at a minimum allowed me to keep my hard earned mass, gain new mass while in a deficit, and burn fat around the clock.
Lifting more frequently will not only burn more calories than traditional cardio, but it help increase the production of anabolic hormones in your body that play a major role in fat loss and muscle preservation. Ever heard of the term “use it or lose it”? Well when it comes to preserving muscle mass, this is true. If you are not creating enough stimulus for your body to feel like it NEEDS the muscle mass, it will simply get rid of it. Although this could take longer for some than others, it is still something you want to avoid. Remember, the more muscle mass you carry, the more your body burns calories naturally. Have you ever seen a super buff guy who’s ridiculously ripped yet he gobbles down whole pizza pies and ice-cream regularly? Yeah, I know a few of those guys!
Tip #2 – Keep your carbs high
Another very common mistake people make when trying to burn fat is, they cut out their carbs. Not only does this not work for more than a couple of days, but IF you are successful with this approach you are more likely to gain all of your weight back plus more. Not to mention, lifting weights or performing any high intensity training without fuel in the gas tank will create a catabolic environment that use naturally skinny guys want no part of.
I recommend getting about 40% of your daily calories from carbohydrates. If you can manage to consume your daily carbs surrounding your training, you can avoid damaging your metabolism and suppressing your leptin levels, and you will have enough fuel available to maintain your muscle mass as well as train at 100% intensity.
Get ripped, not skinny!
These are just two simple tricks I used to get ready for my first fitness show. Speaking of my fitness show, you may have already heard that I have put together a FREE DVD with the footage I gathered as I prepared to get on stage. The video will contain 14 weeks of footage of my complete transformation going from 19% body-fat to a stage ready 5% and…there is no cost to you. If you are interested in watching my transformation and journey toward my first fitness show, please sign up with your name and email address. As soon as I release the video in late June, you will receive an email with a link to watch 🙂