Increase and harden lean muscle, minimize fat, increase energy levels, and improve overall health. Your goal is controlled fat loss while increasing lean muscle.
This is the plan that all aspiring figure athletes should start with. Many successful competitors have followed this plan for their entire contest prep period.
Smaller frequent meals
The typical calorie-restrictive diet (particular those followed by women) involves long periods of fasting, often eating only one meal a day. While this does reduce daily caloric intake, it has a number of adverse affects. Your body is programmed from centuries of evolution. Your body views such eating as starvation. It immediately begins breaking down muscle tissue for energy. Muscle tissue is important to fat loss because it is the body»s most metabolically-active component. It is for this reason that lean, muscular people are often able (and required) to eat large quantities of food, and still remain lean. Their bodies are literally calorie burning furnaces.
Second, while the body is breaking down muscle tissue for energy, it begins to store as much body fat as possible. This is the most efficient way for the body to store energy and it is operating under the assumption that this starvation situation may continue for an extended period of time. Obviously, this state is a metabolic nightmare.
NOTE: If you’re caffeine sensitive, start with 1 cap in the am and 1 cap about 8 hours after your first dose (or right before training, but not too late or the caffeine might keep you up) for a week, then increase to 2 caps in the am and 2 in the afternoon for another week. After two weeks you can work up to the full dose of 3 caps in the am and 3 in the afternoon.