The principles of building a lean body and adding muscle mass is simple to understand, but this goal cannot be achieved overnight.
If you want a lean toned body with good muscle definition and spectacular six pack abs it is going to take some time, you need dedication and commitment to accomplish this mission. Self-discipline is required in terms of controlling diet and getting yourself to stick to a workout routine.
But although building a lean body is not the easiest goal to achieve, it doesn’t have to be harder than it really is. One of the main reasons many people fail in transforming their bodies to get lean, cut and muscular is by not using the correct approach or the methods for fat loss and muscle gains.
Their approach may not meet the exact results, or it may be so extreme and complicated that it becomes very difficult to accomplish. Either way, they are prevented from getting the body transformation they aimed for.
Learning the tried and true principles of losing fat and building muscle will allow you to improve your fitness, health and looks in an efficient manner.
In order to carve out a lean chiseled physique there are two main aspects that you have to focus on:
1) Lose body fat without losing muscle and
2) Build muscle without gaining body fat
Whether you should aim for no.1 or no.2 it depends on the initial shape you are in. If your body is storing lots of excess fat, then make your primary goal losing fat without losing muscle. If you are lean or skinny, then focus on adding muscle without fat. However, no matter what your primary goal is, you should always focus on increasing/maintaining muscle and losing/minimizing fat to end up with an impressive lean muscular body. The right amount of cardio exercises and muscle building exercises would be the correct combination. The “kitchen effect” means that the right food also results in the right body. Workouts contribute to 30% of your transformation and your food does the rest.
Understand the concept of building a lean body
The concept of building a lean body is simple. Excess fat covers up your muscles and obscures the definition below. Therefore, to make your muscles become more visible for a solid, chiseled physique including six pack abs, you have to get rid of the excess fat from your body.
The lower you drop your body fat level, the more your muscles and the lines and cuts that separate them will show up. But you also have to increase the size of the muscle for a higher level of definition and a more muscular, stronger, fitter outlook.
The only way to lose fat and build muscle is with the right nutrition and training plan. If your primary goal is to lose fat, you have to reduce your calorie intake to lose weight, perform cardio training to burn fat and include weight training to maintain your muscle tone. When your primary goal is to build muscle, you have to increase your calorie intake to create a surplus, minimize cardio training and perform weight training properly to make progressive overload happen. This is a difficult task for most people with their lifestyle and food habits.
Even when your primary goal is losing fat without losing muscle, it’s possible to make some muscle gains if you are following the right program and certain conditions exist. You can also lose some fat on a program primarily focused on building muscle with the right program and the right conditions. However, the key to success in building a lean body is to have a primary focus (lose fat or gain muscle) and always use a program that produces optimal results so that you will increase lean muscle and minimize fat. Whenever you lose your excessive fat, your fitness levels increase and this will lead to better performance on the flip side of the coin in muscle building exercises.
In today’s busy world where everything is fast, most people try to meet their fitness goals as fast as well. But reality is different, if you don’t follow the correct combination and right approach you will be looking at the mirror every night with dissatisfaction & confusion.