How To Maintain Strength While Losing Body Fat
Hey Live Leaners,
Is it possible to reduce body fat and get beach ready lean WITHOUT losing strength?
I say YES!
Here are my 3 recommendations on how to manipulate your diet to lose body fat and maintain strength…
#1. Reduce your carbohydrate intake to NO MORE than 40% of your overall total calories…
This shouldn’t be a shock to most of you since I follow and recommend no more than 20% of total calories from carbs.
So if you currently eat ALOT of carbs’¦ BUT really want to get leaner’¦ FASTER, start by dropping to 40%’¦and week by week bring it down to 20% if your body doesn’t tolerant carbs very well.
For some reason our population (including the government and health and fitness industry) is obsessed with carb consumption. Just take a look at the food pyramid or food guide.
So according to this, we should be consuming mostly bread and cereal? REALLY? [bangs head against the fridge]
In my opinion, it’s completely backwards. Think about it, our ancestors (who have 99% the same genetic makeup that we have) may have eaten less than approximately 50g of carbs a day and DIDN’T suffer from the many cancers and diseases like diabetes and heart disease that we are stricken with today.
Ahh…that’s looks better! Fred Flintstone would be proud!
So don’t think it’s impossible to drop carbs to 40% of your calories (and after a few weeks, I hope to eventually get you down to 20%).
NOTE: In the first couple days you may feel tired and lethargic, but after your body adapts, get excited because the fat will fall off WITHOUT losing strength.
#2. Since you’re decreasing calories from carbs’¦I want you to INCREASE calories from healthy sources of FATS’¦
I LOVE ME SOME FAT!
Not only is fat great for your hormones and keeps you feeling full, it also has been shown to moderate insulin in your body.
Remember, when we manage insulin properly’¦our body turns into a FAT BURNING MACHINE BABY!
A great source of fat that I use that’s high in omega 3s is fish oil (brand NutraSea HP) from my good friends at Ascenta. I know what you’re thinking.
I promise, it tastes great…I mean who doesn’t like lemon or mango flavor? mmm Lemon.
AND…if you’re still not convinced you’d like the taste or texture of fish oil, I recommend you start with Ascenta’s OmegaSmooth product. It’s literally like eating an orange cream-sicle. Delicious. In fact, when I get a sugar craving, I go and take a swig of this since it’s tastes like a TREAT!
OmegaSmooth for the WIN!
Ascenta is also hooking all my Live Leaners up with 25% off at their website when you use the discount promo code “LIVE LEAN“. Click to go get you some FISH OIL.
Pumpkinseed oil and flax oil are other decent sources of healthy fats…BUT you can’t beat the health benefits and quality of omega 3’s from a respectable brand like Ascenta NutraSea.
Now the third and final thing to help you lose body fat while maintaining strength is’¦
#3 Take 5g of glutamine on an empty stomach in the morning and before going to bed…
I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now after I read it can help induce growth hormone release in your body.
Growth hormone? Is that a good thing?
Yes, and if you watched one of my previous episodes of Live Lean TV, you know naturally inducing growth hormone for both guys and females helps regulate body fat.
So there you have 3 tips on how to lose fat while maintaining strength.
I hope you enjoyed the video and more importantly will take ACTION on these tips.
Don’t just be a viewer’¦be a DOER.
In the comment section below, let me know what your favourite sources of healthy fats?
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