You may be experiencing a slack in trying to lose body fat and increasing muscle mass. But you are a fitness buff, and are not one who shrinks from difficult challenges. It is therefore important to think about how you can face these new challenges. Here are some helpful tips to help you out of your slump.
You are What You Eat
You need a lot of energy in order to last in the gym, if you want to achieve a well-sculpted physique. Here’s the thing to remember if you want to build muscle: high-protein, low-carbohydrate, low-fat diet. Try to eat only foods prepared using unsaturated fats. Eat plenty of fish, as fish is an excellent source of protein. An excellent meal after workout would be steamed salmon and vegetables.
You may choose having egg whites instead of fish, as egg whites are packed with protein with little or no fat, as the fats are largely in the egg yolk. If you want a lean meal, have some egg whites and vegetable omelet, which is a good source of energy.
Beans and legumes are an excellent source of fiber and protein and should always be included in your diet plan. Fiber helps ease your bowels, as a high-protein diet would tend to slacken your bowel movements.
As helpful as increasing your protein intake is in your desire to lose body fat and increase muscle mass, you must always stay well hydrated. You blood needs to be hydrated during your intense workout sessions at the gym. Your muscles need to recover from a tough workout, and water helps it recover from any damage or tears caused by the rigors is was subjected to in the gym.
Rest and Recovery
You have now set your new workout regimen and written out your diet plan, now it’s time to focus on how much rest your body needs. Rest is very important for a body that regularly works out.
You cannot relax too much and too often. But, it is of utmost importance to give your muscles time to heal and regain strength in order for you to enjoy your gym experience for a longer time. Experience in heavy lifting, bodybuilding, and fitness will enable your body recover with only a few days rest at times.
Rest days are important not only for your body. Rest eases the mind as well and helps keep you confident is achieving your goals and not be distracted by the problems of everyday living. Taking some time off and letting your mind loose helps a lot in achieving your workout goals.
A good professional massage is also helpful for muscle recovery. Remember that training is both for the body and the mind.