4 Ways to Stay Lean in 2015
Losing weight and building muscle are only part of the battle. Once you get the body you want, it's important to keep yourself lean and fit. Try out these simple tips to maintain the physique you worked so hard to build.
1. Eat better
To stay lean, you need to stop your body from gaining unnecessary fat. You may not need to diet as strictly or extensively as you have in the past, but focusing on improving your overall diet can help you maintain your current physique.
Look for areas where you can continue to improve. Do you still snack on potato chips? Use full-fat milk? Go nuts for dessert? Since you've already cut the fat from your body, cut the fat from your diet. You don't need to go overboard, but every change you make to add nutrition and subtract unhealthy foods is a good step.
Consider switching out sweet, liquid calories like from soda for a fruit smoothie that can add more vitamins and nutrients to your diet rather than just sugar. Blend it in your personal blender and reward yourself after the gym.
2. Don't slow your gym routine
When you get to the point where you've lost weight, gained muscle and like the way you look in the mirror, don't let up on the throttle. Congratulate yourself on getting there, but to stay lean, you need to keep up a basic gym routine. You may want to adapt, so talk to a personal trainer.
Overall you want to keep working those muscles, developing them and burning calories, just as you did to get in shape. Many people lose their drive and can regain the weight they lost and lose strength.
3. Remember cardio
Whether at the gym or jogging around the neighborhood, cardio is your friend when you're trying to stay lean. Many people who are focused on having lean muscle fear becoming bulky. Cardio will help you burn overall calories and keep your body fit without building mass.
4. Find a workout partner
Whether it's the support of a teammate or the competition of a friend, experts agree that having someone else to work out with helps in two ways. An exercise partner increases the chances that you'll stick to a routine and exercise, because you'll have an external driving force. It also allows for support and competition that can drive you to work harder. Introduce yourself to someone you see at the gym all the time or recruit one of you friends.