7 Habits that are Making You lose Muscle, not Fat

7 Habits that are Making You lose Muscle, not Fat

People who decide to burn fat and lose weight are sometimes carried away by the number on the weight.

This nervousness surrounding their weight, causes them to make decisions that in the long run cut down muscle instead of fat. This is not healthy for anyone.

These are some of the habits that make them lose muscle instead of fat.

  1. Not getting enough sleep:

Due to responsibilities, most adults don’t get enough sleep. However, lack of sleep produces more cortisol in the body, creates hormonal imbalance, and makes you more tired. This means you can’t-do thorough workout. You will get tired too frequently. And worst of all, your body begins to burn muscle instead of fat.

You should make a healthy sleep schedule for yourself.

  1. Not eating enough protein:

A healthy diet must be incorporated into weight loss plan, this means, it’s not just cutting you’re your daily meal, but carefully planning your diet to eat the right amount of what is essential to your body. You are probably also eating less protein than your body needs. Protein food such as dairy, egg, and meat, help to build and maintain lean muscle.

Since weight loss workout also makes you lose muscle, protein is good for rebuilding muscles.

  1. Your calories intake is insufficient:

This one is dicey. The weight loss plan has a basic plan for you to eat fewer calories than you burn. However, if you burn too many calories than your body needs to function, i.e., to maintain, basal metabolism, your body gets the wrong message and enters into starvation mode.

Then, it starts drawing energy from your muscles, but you still lose weight and think you’re doing it right. This also makes you weak, which means you can’t-do a thorough workout.

  1. You don’t replenish yourself after workout:

As we have stated thus far when you work out, you burn both fat and muscle, however, what you want to burn is fat. Therefore, if immediately after your work out, you don’t replenish your lost muscle by taking protein, you will not gain back the muscles.

So as soon as you finish working out, eat and drink protein.

  1. You do too much cardio workout:

People are easily deceived by the quantity of time spent on a treadmill or spent jogging; they think it’s by doing a lot. Cardiovascular exercise is good but not great; slow cardio works out draws from your muscle. So you burn muscle instead of fat. It also reduces hormonal growth, hormones you need for burning fat. And it increases cortisol. So before you incorporate cardio into a workout, think which one and how often. You should consider high-intensity cardio workout instead.

  1. You are not doing strength training:

As we mentioned already, the right weight loss plan is not about burning muscle, it is to burn fat, and so if you are not stimulating your muscles in the workout routine you do; you definitely won’t gain muscle. This is why you should add strength training to your workout. Weightlifting develops and maintains more muscle. Muscle burns more energy than fat. Therefore weightlift is a good plan.

However, strength training is best when combined with aerobic or cardio training.

  1. You don’t have ginger in your diet:

Add ginger tea to your weight loss diet. Ginger regulates cholesterol; it suppresses the production of cortisol.

The fat that grows around the body organ is called visceral fat. The visceral fat weighs down the body organs, creates a hormonal imbalance, and does a lot more damage to the body. However, ginger fights inflammation which is caused by visceral fat and sheds fat, especially belly fat.