Is it politically incorrect to say “lose muscle on purpose”?
You always hear people say lose weight. I am as guilty as the next person. For the most part, it’s something people don’t like to deal with. For some, it makes perfect sense for them to try to lose muscle because they want to.
Aren’t you supposed to gain as much muscle as possible?
People always talk about losing weight, or losing fat, but never about losing muscle. People always seem to view muscle loss in a negative light. Actually, going by what the mainstream media says, gaining muscle is much better than losing muscle… but is it always the case?
Nine years ago, I lost over 25 pounds of muscle.
I spent over 12 years trying to grow as big as possible through exercise. I couldn’t find clothes that fit me, I felt heavy and sluggish, and I was tired of carrying all the extra weight. I also realized that I didn’t really look good and as big as I was, it seemed like I was trying too hard. I lost weight in about a year. Now that I have less muscle to carry, these last nine years I have felt and looked better than ever. This is how I achieved this:
Removed all direct resistance training on my legs
Since I always thought it was very important to train the lower body as well as the upper body, it was difficult for me to make this decision. When you have big legs, almost any type of resistance style exercise will allow you to maintain that size. I did lunges and used light weights. Low repetition training was also tested. For the most part, low-rep training isn’t known to improve muscle size much, but when it comes to legs, you have to be careful.
The best way to lose muscle is through Marathon Cardio
Marathon Cardio is the thing to do to start losing muscle mass. Doing steady-state, medium- to high-intensity cardio on a treadmill for a long period of time is known as marathon cardio. Try for 45 to 60 minutes at the fastest pace you can safely do during that time. Boxers use marathon cardio to “build weight” for an upcoming match. It’s really known as road work, but it’s very high-intensity running over a long period of time.
The process is faster with fewer calories consumed
By consuming fewer calories during this time period, you can actually see results faster, but don’t overdo it. It’s good to eat fewer calories at times throughout the year anyway, so your body can detox and your digestive system can get a little rest. Just don’t eat anything before you start exercising, and also don’t eat right after exercising, you should wait around 1-2 hours before eating something.