When you’re trying to add muscle, it’s important to use techniques that allow gaining muscle without gaining fat. This is one of the greatest fears of people working to increase muscle tissue. You want to gain weight, but you want it to be the right kind of weight.
By making sure that you exercise frequently to build muscle tissue, you’ll already be a step closer to gaining muscle while preventing fat deposits. Muscle tissue is metabolically active meaning it causes you to burn more calories.
This will in and of itself keep you from gaining excess fat. In addition to exercise, the type of food you eat will also keep you from gaining fat while allowing you to have the calories needed to gain muscle.
Gaining fat is as much about the type of food that you eat as it is about calories. Some foods are more likely to end up contributing to the development of fat cells. For example, processed foods contain refined ingredients and toxins that are processed by your liver and stored as fat.
By “eating clean” you can avoid these fat making substances. Eating clean means to avoid processed and refined foods. You’ll eat whole foods including fruits, vegetables, lean meats, nuts, and whole grains.
You also need to make sure to eat healthy fats such as those that come from olive oil, fish oil, flaxseed oil, and nuts. These help your body to get the fat it needs and keep your heart healthy. They’re less likely to be stored as fat as fats that come from meat and dairy.
It’s also important to make sure you’re eating enough. Many people who are trying to lose fat restrict their calories too much. When you do this, you actually slow down your metabolism and cause you to store fat.
Your body is designed to protect you from starvation. If it thinks you’re experiencing a food shortage, it will begin to store fat for an emergency. By eating enough calories and eating frequently your body becomes more effective at burning calories.
You’ll need to eat about five meals a day of whole foods in order to have the desired effect of gaining lean muscle and avoiding gaining fat. In general if you’re active and you’re eating well most of the time, you won’t have a problem with gaining fat.
By following these principles, you’ll be able to gain weight in a balanced weight. You’ll be gaining muscle without gaining fat and you’ll be able to have the body you’ve always wanted.
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