How to loose fat while preserving muscle
Do not get it wrong when I say this, it is close to impossible to lose fat and not lose muscle, or lose muscle and not lose fat without using drugs. There are so many people who have tried this before and quite a number came back short. However, you can at least try to come close with the right kind of discipline, and without using any drugs. Having spent so much time trying to gain the additional size you needed to compete, you might have probably earned some few pounds that you might have never thought feasible in the first place. In order to burn out some fat and spare the muscle, there are some really simple tips that you can use to gain that mileage.
Protein consumption is always a bodybuilder’s main concern. Keeping your protein consumption as high as necessary will be a good thing for you at all times. This is important even when you change your diet to one that is calorie-restricted. The muscles normally feed on the proteins so that they can grow. Therefore your intake of proteins should not change drastically.
The next step that you should consider is to cut down on the carbohydrates, though gradually. During the off season there are so many body builders who tend to eat quite a high amount of carbs, and this is not bad either. However, when you decide to lose weight, do not make the mistake of cutting them out all at once. When you do this your body system will be surprised at the sudden change, shock even. What you need to do is to slowly cut back on the carbohydrates.
Always make sure that you eat as frequently as necessary. At the moment I am on a 6 meal per day program, and I consider this one of the best meal patterns. However, it is important to note that this can only last as long as your normal schedule and lifestyle can allow. There are times when this can be very hard for you but it is important to make sure that you do not lose track of your meals. And whatever you do, never skip a meal.
Though I just started doing this, it is currently working out fine for me. Cutting the carbs that I used to take in the evening is highly recommended. As a matter of fact the last two meals of my day normally contain very little carbs, if at all I decide to include them. The reason why this is important is because at night the metabolism level is normally slow. Therefore your body will easily store these carbs as fat.
Perhaps it is also important to mention that you need to increase your cardio levels slowly. You can work on increasing it by at least 5 minutes every once in a while until you feel you are working at an appreciable level. You can still keep increasing it until you are able to burn the excess fat or until you are satisfied.