Maintain muscle mass
When you lose weight, it is nearly impossible not to lose a portion of your muscle mass at the same time. This means, if you are eating a calorie-reduced diet or are following one of the many food trends, which allows you to be in a calorie-deficit; you will lose muscle mass as well as fat tissue.
Naturally, there are ways that you can minimize the loss of muscle mass. By combining the right diet with a healthy amount of strength training, might results in an increase in muscle mass instead of a loss. However, you have to continuously make an effort to maintain that muscle mass – especially as you get older, as your muscle mass naturally decrease.
Proteins are the building blocks of your body, and of the nutrients that you get from meat, lentils, beans, soy products, and milk products. Proteins are already a part of your diet, but if you wishes to build muscle mass, you might find it necessary to increase the amount of protein in your diet. Nupo offers two different protein bars (called Protein Bites), which is easy to bring along, to be enjoyed on-the-go or after a successful workout.
Strength training is a broad definition, and covers a wide variety of exercise options – but it is essential that you are putting your muscles under stress. It can be beneficial to find different exercises or programs online to get you started right away. You do not necessarily need a gym to do strength training; you can easily work out at home without a ton of equipment, as there are plenty of body weight exercises.
If you find it difficult to get started, I can recommend using a “workout diary” to keep track of your exercises – what exercise do you need to do, and how many repetitions should you do. Furthermore, it is a great way to schedule your workouts – I often plan one week ahead, so I can make sure that I have time to all my workouts.