4 Tips for Achieving Your Body Composition Goals
Being healthy and mastering your healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean losing weight, being skinny, or eating 100% clean. It’s all about balance and your body composition.
But first, what is body composition?
Body composition is the ratio of fat, bone, and muscle in your body. Think of it as a relationship. Everyone’s fat, muscle, and bone ratio is different and depends on each individual’s body structure. However, there are ways to change your body composition and achieve more muscle mass and less fat. Here are 4 important tips for achieving and sustaining your body composition goals!
If you are wanting to change your muscle-to-fat ratio, you need to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Exercises like HIIT (high-intensity interval training), jogging, cardio, yoga, weight-lifting, and even walking can help increase your body’s ability to burn fat and develop lean muscle along with your metabolism! Whatever the exercise is, commit to it and try to do it every day.
Healthy and balanced nutrition is essential to accomplishing your body composition goals. If your goal is to first lose body fat, you’ll want to reduce your caloric intake by 500-1000 calories and stick to a low-fat, low-sugar, high-protein diet. If your body composition goal is to build more muscle, you’ll want to stay away from processed carbs and sugar, and stick to some natural carbs (nuts, whole grain, oats, whole fruit, etc.) and high-protein foods. You’ll also focus more on lifting heavier weights rather than fat-burning exercises like HIIT or running. The majority of your progress and results will come from a balanced and nutritious diet.
We’ll put it this way: strength training = better results. That’s the secret! No matter where you are in your fitness journey, in order to build a better body composition, you have to incorporate weight training. Lifting weights ultimately helps your muscles grow and your body fat shrink, it even helps you burn calories after your workout is done. Start with lighter weights, and as you become stronger and start putting on more muscle mass, increase the weight and challenge your body to go farther. You’ll start seeing results quickly!
Staying consistent with your nutrition and workout regimen is KEY. The only way you are going to reach your body composition goals is if you stay consistent and chase after them every day. It may be challenging at first, but over time you’ll begin to develop a routine, and eventually, you’ll build self-discipline that will keep you going.
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