Getting a toned and tight body requires some work and some very healthy eating. It’s not as complicated as many make it out to be, and it’s possible no matter who you are. You too can become a lean, mean, tone machine.
Remember, that everybody was once a beginner. I’m sure you’ve seen many motivating ‘before and after’ pictures of people having successfully lost loss, gained muscle, and having attained other fitness goals they set for themselves. So why would you be any different than those people? You’re not! You can do it too!
3 Ways to Become a Lean, Mean, Tone Machine
1) It All Starts In The Kitchen
I’m sure you’ve heard many times that abs are made in the kitchen, and it’s 100% true. No matter how hard, how long, or how often you workout, you can’t get the body you want if your nutrition is off track.
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Be sure you’re getting a good mix of complex carbohydrates for energy to power you through your workouts and prevent muscle wasting, plenty of lean protein, and some healthy fats which are much needed for many processes in the body. And remember that fat doesn’t make you fat, it actually does the opposite when you eat the right kind.
Drink water all day long, get your fresh fruits and vegetables and try as much as possible to stay away from processed/refined sugars. Doing so will make all the difference in the world.
2) Do More Than Just Cardio
Yes, cardio is a healthy way to strengthen your heart and burn up some calories to help you lose excess body fat, but cardio isn’t the only thing you should be doing if you want some muscle tone to show through.
If you strength train for a minimum of 3 days per week alongside your cardio program, you’re going to get much better results. These sessions should be intense, bringing your muscles to failure with every set. Combining cardio with strength training is another way you’ll soon become a lean, mean, tone machine.
No, you don’t have to be a heavy lifting, grunting, protein shake slamming beast to strength train, you just have to put some effort into it and make sure your weights weigh more than your purse. Adding muscle to the body through strength training will raise your metabolism because it takes a lot more energy to maintain that muscle. So you’ll be burning fat even while at rest.
3) Sleep More
Sleep is a critical component in turning your body into a lean, mean, tone machine. That’s because during sleep all the magic happens. The hormones are being reset, HGH production is at it’s highest during this time, Cortisol levels are decreased, and the muscles are repairing and growing. Be sure you get a minimum of 8 hours per night, especially on training days, and try to stay on a good sleep schedule even on the weekends.