It’s a common question in muscle building – how do we stack on gains without becoming fat and then have to work our butts off to burn it off? It’s no breaking news – losing fat is hard work – yet, gaining fat is much easier. For instance, eating pizza every day and you’ll be sure to pack on fat fast.
So, how do you actually do it? How do you pile on pounds of muscle with minimal fat? Well, in this article, we will give you 4 tips on how to avoid getting fat while bulking.
#1. Don’t Ignore Cardio
It’s tedious and a pain at times and we’ve all been tempted to ditch the treadmill from time-to-time, but to keep the fat at bay, cardio is a must. First of all, cardio is extremely healthy for your cardiovascular health, so much so, that we should all do cardio in one way or another.
Furthermore, studies have shown that doing at least three twenty or thirty minutes of cardio post workout will help to balance bulking muscle without getting fat.
We must stress, however, not to overdo it with the intensity of your cardio as you may lose muscle rather than gain.
#2. Cheat Meals, Not DAYS
The day we all love – when we are allowed our cheat meal. But, let’s just say that again – cheat MEAL. Not cheat day.
Look, it’s ok to eat a cheeseburger or that large pizza every once in a while, but it’s all about moderation. We recommend keeping your cheat meals to a maximum 2-3 times per week. This will help to keep you from over indulging as well as keeping the fat at bay.
If you let yourself have cheat days, rather than cheat meals, you will not only experience fat gain, you may find it harder to keep on track.
#3. Make Your Cheat Meals Smart
Following on from our last tip, if you time your cheat meals correctly, then they can actually work in your favour. Cheat meals often involve a carb load and a protein load at the same time. With this, you will fuel your muscles for growth.
We recommend timing your cheat meals as close to post workout as possible. Team them with protein shakes throughout the day and you’ll be packing on muscle like you wouldn’t believe!
#4. Add Low Carb Days
One of our golden tips for building muscle and burning fat is incorporating low-carb days into your week.
Having a low-carb day at least once per week will help your body reset and keep body fat under control. Yes, carbs play a vital role in post-workout recovery and muscle growth, but, eating carbs at the wrong times will cause them to store as fat – something we don’t want. . Carb cycling is a way to get the best from both worlds – weight loss and staying lean on one hand, and supporting muscle growth on the other.
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