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List Of Tips To Burn Fat And Build Muscle

By Justin Skukopah

Everybody who wants a better physique is after a basic pattern of physical conditioning that can be summed up in four short words – burn fat, build muscle. Here are some tips that can help you to do both, some obvious and common sense, some a little less well known.

Cut down your intake of saturated fats and simple carbohydrates. There is debate about the health profile of animal fats (which are the main source of saturated fats), but there is no doubt that saturated fats when not metabolized (i.e. burned) are stored as body fat. The same goes for carbohydrates (sugars), especially simple ones. Most American diets get way too much of both anyway so cutting them down is pretty much always a good idea. And if you want to lose fat based weight it’s an obvious first step.

Eat a balanced diet. Reducing calories doesn’t mean that you starve yourself or live on only salad and Perrier water. Both for health reasons and even to effectively build muscle while you burn fat you need to eat items from the four food groups: protein, carbohydrates, fats, and water. It’s not a question of what to exclude certain food types from your diet, but to eat healthier sources of it and in amounts suited to your calorie expenditure.

Use awareness of caloric supply and demand. The basic rule of thumb here is that the calories that you don’t “burn” (metabolize) potentially get stored as body fat. Calories are not in fact what is burned but are actually the energy released from certain substances when digested. If the energy potential of the compounds you’re ingesting is more than you’re expending though muscular exertion and ordinary ongoing physical function, it will get stored for future use – just as you wouldn’t dump out 5 gallons of gasoline but rather store it in your garage if you already had a full tank. So if you have an overall sense of this you can set it up in such a way that, for an extended period, you have less caloric intake than your energy expenditure. This means that to fuel your physical activities your body will use the fat you already have stored as fuel and burn it, which is what you want.

When possible eat proteins rather than fats, unsaturated rather than saturated fats, and complex carbs rather than simple ones. Proteins and fats, as noted above, occur in many of the foods we eat in the western world, so it’s easy to get more than you need. Getting them isn’t the problem but rather choosing foods that don’t have too much. Protein is necessary if you want to build muscle. So when possible favor protein over saturated fat (which, as noted above, often becomes body fat). You also need fats, even saturated ones, but again, we usually get too much of this substance. So try to eat poly and monounsaturated fats (which occur in sunflower and nut oils, and so on) rather than too much saturated fat (which occurs in animal products). And when you do eat meat poultry and fish can be used as a substitute for red meats which usually have more saturated fat. As far as carbs go, simple ones (which are simple sugars such as sucrose, lactose, and fructose) get converted more quickly to body fat than complex carbs (found in fruits vegetables and grains) so favor those.

Drink plenty of water. Water is fundamental. It is necessary for good overall functioning of you system in terms of absorption, nutrient transport, digestion, metabolism, waste elimination and so on, all of which are needed during the “burn fat build muscle” process. Around eight glasses a day are recommended.

There are a few “metabolic tricks” that you can try. One obvious one is just to eat smaller portions. This obviously helps reduce fat and sugar intake, and since chances are you’re getting plenty of protein anyway, you’ll be doing yourself a favor. Another trick, often contrary to popular belief, is to eat more frequently, for instance every three hours. This speeds up metabolism, and as long as you’re eating the right things in reasonable portions, this can help weight loss. You can also avoid eating any closer to bed time than two hours. When you sleep your metabolism becomes much slower and so rather than burning fat your body stores it.

Try some metabolic “tricks.” Your metabolism is an interesting mechanism and you can use certain techniques to encourage it to burn fat. You can, of course, simply eat smaller potions, especially of high fat items, and this is often recommended. Another trick is to eat more frequently, though one might think the opposite. But as long as you don’t overdo it and load up the fat and sugar, this will get your metabolism working harder and burning up more fat, as well as fueling the muscle building. A third technique that many people swear by is to avoid eating just before bed – usually no sooner than two hours. When you’re asleep your metabolic processes, of course, slow down, so if you’ve got a large fat or carb intake you’re increasing the chances that they will be stored as surplus rather than used.

The general idea here is to emphasize muscle workouts. Aerobic type workouts are good for oxygenation and circulation, but their benefits may be over emphasized. That is to say, they are basically muscle workouts as well, but they may fool the aerobic exerciser into believing he or she is doing more muscular work than is actually the case.

Intense muscular demand is about the highest calorie-using activity there is. In the past it was thought that long aerobic workouts were the way to go for this, but it’s now clear that what aerobic workouts primarily do is make demands on muscle, but in a low intensity – high duration framework. Thus what’s really happening is that you’re combining oxygenation and increased circulation (which admittedly are good for you) with less demanding muscular exercise. This will build endurance, but it doesn’t burn more fat than, say, weight lifting. In fact many say it burns less, and it certainly doesn’t build muscle in the way more intense muscle activity does. So in the burn fat – build muscle equation, muscular activity at a fairly intense level is what is called for. This really creates a demand for more energy, and thus tells the body to burn fat like nothing else.

Think of proteins as the building blocks or the raw materials of a muscular construction project. And think of fats and sugars as the fuels, say the gas and electricity for the construction vehicles, tools, and other equipment to continue the analogy, that power the whole enterprise. If these fuels are not used for muscle building, all they are needed for is routine function, and thus tend to be stored as fat for future use.

Most quick burn fat – build muscle routines thus recommend mostly muscular exercise with some aerobics thrown in, because muscular work that is beyond the normal limitations you’re used to is what really hits up the stored fat reserves. It creates the “supply and demand” cycle that initiates fat burning (usage). You can find a number of these types of routines, and many don’t even require a large amount of time, so give them a try. There are even slow burn methods that have you do slow motion exercises that really tire out your muscles. Using these, with an exercise session of hour a week you burn as much or more fat as by going for daily jogs and so on.

Use common sense in your quest to burn fat and build muscle and try to grasp the basic principles rather than get lost in complicated formulas. Use more specific tips and tricks where applicable, but basically get that muscle construction project going, get healthy raw materials to make a strong structure, and get that fat burning to fuel it.

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