We are all concerned about how our bodies look. Especially with the unrealistic expectations of the human physique set by social media, print ads, and more. If you’re like many of us who spend time in the gym and stick to a strict weight training and cardio program, only to be disappointed with the results, there are a few things you should know.

First of all, don’t focus on the numbers. The scale is a bit deceiving. The thing is, muscle weighs more than fat. So while you may be losing the fat and GETTING INTO SHAPE, your bathroom scale may not be budging.

Following are the top five tips to help you shed unnecessary fat and build the lean muscle mass you’re seeking.

Eat: Your body is a machine that you must feed at least five to eight times a day. That’s every two to four hours. Here’s the kicker. The more you eat, the better your machine runs. There’s one rule to keep in mind, however. Don’t stuff your face full of sweets and fat.

While building lean muscle mass, it is recommended to follow a meal plan filled with NUTRITIONAL FOODS such as protein, healthy fats, fresh fruits, and veggies. Foods like egg whites, peanut butter, chicken, oatmeal, almonds, and avocado are always excellent choices.

Weight Training: Weight training is an essential step in losing that extra weight and building a lean, toned physique. The more muscle you create, the more calories you’ll burn, and surprise, surprise, the more calories burned, the more tasty food you can eat! Sounds great, right? So get your butt to the gym to train at least three to six days a week! That keeps your body in an anabolic mode which helps you stay lean and toned all year around! That’s if you follow rule one. EAT!

Cardio: Cardio is an essential aspect of heart health and MAINTAINING OR LOSING BODY WEIGHT. It also aids to speed up blood flow which increases the delivery of nutrients to muscles which helps your body recover and build lean mass. Plus, cardio is a great way to stay healthy and gives you that confident glow and physique that makes you, you! Try out the XBIKE here at MATRIX GYM & SPA! It’s the perfect place to start!

Take Supplements: Supplements like Xtend come highly recommended. Xtend increases protein synthesis, decreases protein breakdown, increases blood flow and muscle fullness and aids in fat oxidation and energy. It’s safe to say that supplements turn your body into a fat-burning, lean-muscle gaining, beast!

Don’t Stress: Stress can wreak havoc on your efforts to lose weight. It increases hormones, which halts fat loss and adds fat to your body, not to mention, it can make you physically sick.

Matrix Fitness and Spa is here to help you achieve and MAINTAIN YOUR FITNESS GOALS. Stop by our studio to see how our membership can benefit you!