Updated: May 27
This is a question I get asked often, and most the time my answer is, the workout is only 10% of the process. Think about it, even if you train 6 days a week for an hour at a time, thats only 6 hours out of 168 each week. So what happens the other 162 hours a week and why is this time so important?
To keep it simple, your body can be in two states, either an anabolic state or a catabolic state. A catabolic state meaning your body is breaking down tissue. An anabolic state meaning your body is building or repairing tissue. Keeping in mind that the more muscle mass you have the more fat your body burns even when at rest, you want your body to remain in an anabolic state for the maximum amount of time. And don't worry girls, when I talk increasing muscle mass, it doesn't mean taking on the Arnie look. Being ‘toned’ is actually the appearance of lean muscle with a limited amount of body fat. Catabolism, or the wasting of lean muscle tissue should be avoided at all costs. Not only do you get weaker and more prone to injury and illness, your metabolism will slow, decreasing how many calories you burn at rest, and ultimately increasing your body fat. Sure, we’ve all heard proper nutrition is very important, but not many people know why. There is a science behind it all. When you don't eat for a long period of time, your body can start breaking down muscle tissue for energy (catabolic state). Lean muscle requires energy and effort to maintain, this means having a balanced diet, eating regularly and getting plenty of rest as well as the working out side of things (the 10%). Ensure you get enough protein and essential fats to maintain your muscle tissue and hormone levels and remember, when you eat, is just as important as what you eat.