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5 Ways to Build Muscle While Dieting

Date: Apr 04, 2019   

Just because you are currently dieting does not mean that you can’t build muscle at the same time. In fact, by dieting at the same time it will leave you with a lean muscular look. Here are five tips to help you continue to build muscle even while you are counting your calories.

Increase Protein

Protein will build muscle when you combine it with strength training. Plus, when you eat high protein foods, it will leave you feeling full longer. There is a reason that you can eat a whole bag of chips and still feel hungry but one lean chicken breast will leave you satisfied for hours.

Do HIIT Training

Long distance cardio does attack fat and burn calories, but it will also burn away muscle tissue as well. This is the last thing you want to do as muscle is hard to come by. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is all about performing cardio for a short amount of time at high intensity. This type of cardio will only attack your fat and leave your muscle on your body.

Keep Up Your Strength Training

Dieting alone is not the best way to achieve your weight goal. Include it with strength training and you can build muscle and lose weight at the same time.

Get the Proper Rest

You should be shooting for eight to nine hours of rest a night. Your muscles will repair themselves after strength training and grow slightly larger during this time.

Try to Lift Heavier

Heavier weights equal bigger muscles over time. If you want to increase muscle mass, you must lift heavier. When you are restricting calories, you might not feel you have the strength to do so. If you have to, simply take longer between sets to give yourself a rest when needed.

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