Is gaining muscle without excess fat gain even possible Michael? Keep reading to find out..
Us sensible trainers call this lean bulking. Sounds like an oxymoron right? if you follow conventional wisdom, you've probably been told that to build a good physique you have to bulk up as much as possible (including gaining fat), and once you finish, you go on a diet to strip away the fat and reveal your new toned body.
To do this, they say you have to eat as much as possible, eat 200-300g of protein, and eat whatever food you can get your hands on to fulfil the required calories. Usually, this comes out to something like 4000-6000 calories a day. Usually, this is done for 9 months of the year, and then for 3 months, you go on a diet to burn off all the excess fat you gained.
Before Weight: 85Kg
After Weight: 69KG
What has been your biggest struggle with losing weight and achieving your fitness goals?
Being consistent with the diet I get bored with same food then have a day of pig out I have a sweet tooth so get a craving for something sweet
What made you want to change?
I hated shopping for clothes it was depressing and had an important event coming up and wanted to look my best.
What was your biggest concern before you began working with me? How did you overcome it?
I had lost weight before but on slimfast shakes so wasn’t sure I could keep them up for months before the event. I was just doing the gym blindly and seeing how I go. I would never have thought of a PT purely cos I thought they were just for pretty rich ladies.
What was the hardest thing for you to change in order to succeed? How did you do it?
My food diet - I-needed a good overhaul and changing my habits and learning to cook. Just being knowledgable of what I could and can’t eat.
What was the lowest point of your journey? How did you overcome it?
Sorting out personal issues. If everything else in life is crap then you just won’t be in the mood for gym and healthy eating
Did you achieve what you initially set out for? Was there anything positive you achieved that you didn't expect?
I did achieve what I started out for and felt so good on the day of the event. Going to shops and buying a nice dress for once and being able to chose lots of dresses. It made me so proud and happy that day that I finally did something for myself.
What are your future health and fitness plans?
Just to keep the weight down, being stronger and healthy.
This is a common question I get from clients, so I’m going to answer it for all of you, Good nutrition before a workout can help your body perform better and recover faster each workout.
Eating a proper workout meal will not only help you maximise your performance but also minimise the damage you do to your muscle. It also has other roles such as no making you feel sick during the workout, or not passing out.