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​A Guide to Building Muscle with 3 Simple Tips

If you’re looking to gain muscle, tone up, burn fat or all of the above, you’re in the right place! Muscle building can be a long, arduous process, but my tips can jumpstart your journey and help you on your way to the body you want and deserve!

1. Find a balance between interval and weight training.

When it comes to muscle building, what you do in the gym has a significant impact. I recommend both interval and weight training. The problem with regular cardio, is your body get used to it, and there comes a time when you’re no longer being challenged enough. That’s where interval training comes in. I use the 2-1-2 rule, so, for example, when I’m on the treadmill I run at about 6.5 for two minutes, then walk at about 3.4 for a minute. I repeat this process for 15-20 minutes. Interval training has been proven to tone your body, build muscle and burn fat.

After my treadmill workout I move onto weights. As a woman, its important to lift heavier weight with less reps because this is the quickest, most effective way to build muscle and burn fat. You may be wondering; will this make me bulk up like crazy? The answer is no. Muscle building takes time, and it’s also a controlled process, based on time and effort put in. With a blended balance of weight and interval training, you’ll be well on your way to the success you crave!

2. Give your body proper supplementation.

So you got in a great workout, now what? Your body is in recovery mode, and needs nourishment. A protein shake is the best route to take post-workout and there are many options available. My favorite is MRM Veggie Elite in Chocolate Mocha blended with unsweetened chocolate almond milk. It’s a satisfying post-workout drink with no fillers, no artificial anything, plus it’s dairy-free. Most importantly, it provides restoring nutrients to muscles in the recovery phrase, speeding up the process.

If you prefer whey protein, Bluebonnet Whey Protein Isolate in French Vanilla is packed with 26g of protein, and sourced from grass fed cows never treated with antibiotics or RBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone).

Another helpful supplement is MRM Smart Blend softgels. These contain a potent oil blend, to enhance fat reduction, support heart and immune health, and promote healthy cholesterol levels.

Lastly, we carry Almased, a shake that speeds up metabolism, increases energy and promotes weight loss.

3. Support your body with clean, whole foods.

Often undervalued, this piece is just as important as the physical aspect. Four-six small meals a day is ideal. These meals should be filled with lean protein such as chicken or fish, veggies, salads, quinoa, etc. It’s also crucial to limit your intake of sugar and alcohol, as these can be huge contributors to fat gain, especially around the middle. 

One of my favorite meals to enjoy is grilled chicken breast, steamed veggies flourished with coconut oil for flavor, and a salad with almonds, pumpkin seeds and French dressing. It’s a simple, yet satisfying meal. Additionally, be sure to stop eating when you’re full. I know sometimes we’re rushed and it can be difficult to take a step back and listen to your stomach saying, “Hey up there, I’m full.” This is a valuable voice and it can save you from extra weight gain.

Muscle building, toning and weight loss can seem tricky at times so it’s vital to remember why you started, where you want to be, and above all congratulate yourself! Recognizing baby steps, losing that very first pound, or seeing new definition in your muscles are important. Don’t be too hard on yourself, splurge every now and then, and enjoy the transformative journey of your body!

Below are products I mentioned in this post.

http://www.wishinguwell.com/mrm-veggie-elite-performance-protein-chocolate-mocha-2-4-lbs

MRM Veggie Elite Chocolate Mocha, my favorite of them all!

http://www.wishinguwell.com/bluebonnet-100-natural-whey-protein-isolate-natural-french-vanilla-2-lb

Bluebonnet Whey Protein Isolate French Vanilla, a delicious, creamy shake!

http://www.wishinguwell.com/mrm-smart-blend-cla-gla-omega-3-complex-240-softgels

MRM Smart Blend for fat loss!

http://www.wishinguwell.com/almased-all-natural-protein-shake-17-6-oz

Almased shake for energy & fat loss!

References: http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/8-benefits-...

The views expressed in this entry are strictly my opinion and do not reflect the views of Wishing U Well. Any decision to use supplements to support your specific needs should be considered in partnership with your healthcare professional. 

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