Building Lean Muscle Mass
Muscle is your furnace. The more lean muscle mass, the bigger the capacity of that furnace to burn fat and keep it off. Weight loss, while it is a simple and easy method to mark change, does not necessarily indicate a healthy body composition. Nutritional regimes that focus primarily on calorie counting and weight loss and not on building lean muscle are not efficient nor sustainable in the long term. Lean muscle construction requires:
Healthy digestion (unlimited fibrous and cruciferous vegetables)
High quality sources of protein (undenatured suppliments and not just animal)
Healthy fats (i.e. - omega-3 fatty acids, coconut oil, avocado)
Regular and constantly varied exercise to stimulate muscle growth (High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT))
8+ hours sleep in the dark (growth hormone secretion occurs during sleep)
The way we look is a manifestation of our body (and mental) composition and function. Appearance represents that of our functional health.