You may be experiencing a slack in trying to lose body fat and increasing muscle mass. But you are a fitness buff, and are not one who shrinks from difficult challenges. Maybe a change of lifestyle and routine can help you improve. Follow these tips in a consistent manner, and this will bring you out of the plateau.
A Hi-Protein Regimen
You need a lot of energy in order to last in the gym, if you want to achieve a well-sculpted physique. What your muscles will need are loads of protein, very little carbohydrates, and almost zero fat. But since fats are sometimes unavoidable, choose food with unsaturated fats. When making your diet plan, always include fish, because fish is an excellent source of omega-3 and protein. Steamed salmon is a good preparation of fish to eat after a workout.
Egg whites, on the other hand, contain only protein, and no fats; the fats are in the egg yolk. The energy and protein supplied by a simple egg white and vegetable omelet will keep you supercharged.
A good source of dietary fiber are beans and legumes. Part of your regimen is to maintain a healthy gut, and dietary fiber from most vegetables, beans, and legumes greatly improve the functioning of your digestive tract.
In your effort to eat lots of protein, and less fats and carbs, you also need to constantly re-hydrate your body. You blood needs to be hydrated during your intense workout sessions at the gym. The recommended amount of water to be taken in order for your muscles to keep in shape and not suffer injury is 10 liters per day.
Rest and Recovery
Eating the right kind and amount of food needs to be accompanied by enough rest in order to reap the maximum benefit from your new workout program. Since you are regularly working out at the gym, it is important to consider the value of rest.
You do not need to go on long vacations. But, it is of utmost importance to give your muscles time to heal and regain strength in order for you to enjoy your gym experience for a longer time. Experience in heavy lifting, bodybuilding, and fitness will enable your body recover with only a few days rest at times.
Rest days are important not only for your body. It allows your mind to breathe in fresh confidence and renew a sharp focus on your bodybuilding goals. Clearing your mind of clutter is a good step forward in reaching your peak performance.
If you experience some aches and pains, it might be good to call a sports therapist for a massage. You will start looking great and feeling great once you learn to focus on both your body and your mind as you continue working out.