Weight Loss for Bodybuilders
Losing weight for bodybuilders? Sounds like a joke to some people, but believe it or not, bodybuilding’s not all about simply eating as much as possible and turning it into muscle. That’s not exactly how it works. You can build muscles all you want, but if they’re covered under layers of flab, no one’s ever going to know it. Eliminating fat is key to giving your body definition, and living a healthier lifestyle.
But it’s not all that easy. The trick is cutting fat while still building muscle, which means cutting fat while not losing muscle - sounds confusing right? Well, it can be, and there’s definitely an art to it, though it’s not easy.
Sometimes referred to as a cutting cycle, bodybuilders use several techniques to reach their fat shredding goals while bulking up. Here are some tips!
This sounds like a no-brainer but always check your labels. Many foods, especially refined processed foods, are loaded with added sugar and lack the minerals and nutrients your body needs to be healthy. And excess sugar gets stored as fat in your body. Try to eliminate sugar from your diet as much as possible.
It’s always important to drink water. With a meal it’ll help you to feel full faster, and before a workout it’ll make you feel more energized - essentially allowing you to workout longer and harder. It’s a great idea to replace any sugary juices or soft drinks with water too, because it eliminates a lot of sugar and calories from your diet.
Plan A Cheat Meal
Planning one cheat meal a week helps you achieve a balance, and diet much easier. Some studies show it actually keeps your glycogen at optimal levels and speeds up your metabolism as you diet for the rest of the week. The only exception to this rule is if you happen to be someone who can’t help but overeat or who might consider a second cheat meal the same week - if this is you, avoid it at all costs!
Caffeine can sharpen your focus and give you more energy when taken in the right doses - but too much can be very problematic leading to anxiety or a bad case of the jitters! So instead of gulping down a gallon of coffee, consider alternatives, like JBN’s Super Lean or Matcha Boost which incorporate caffeine with other natural ingredients that boost energy and help you get the most out of your workout.
Prepare to be Hungry
Cutting down on carbs, sugar, calories, etc., will not be easy, and if your body is accustomed to satisfying every snacking urge that comes up throughout the day it will pose a bit of a challenge, especially if you’re just getting started. So be prepared to maintain some serious self-control throughout the day and be a little hungry as your body adjusts. But ease into it, don’t allow yourself to feel dizzy or sick.
Losing weight while building muscle isn’t easy but there is a science to it that requires lots of self-discipline and control. These were just a few tips to help you get started! Be sure to do your research and plan a safe diet and training regimen.
As with any new diet or exercise plan, please consult a medical professional before you begin to make sure it is right for you.
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