Tips for Protecting Lean Muscle Mass

Sustain the lean muscle you've worked so hard to achieve through training and diet

According to multiple studies, weight training combined with three 30-minute cardio sessions per week yields cardiovascular benefits without muscle loss. Those benefits include improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels, better heart function, reduced risk of osteoporosis, and the development of greater muscle mass. You can sustain your lean muscle by following these four helpful tips

Interval Training

In order to sustain muscle gains, make interval training a regular part of your aerobic exercise regimen. Ride a stationary bicycle or train on an elliptical or rowing machine for 30 minutes, punctuating the workout with one-minute high intensity sprints, rows or cycling every 5 minutes

Save Cardio for Days Off

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, studies indicate that isolating your weight training sessions is more effective for muscle building than a combination of weight-training and cardio on the same day. If you must combine cardio- and strength training on the same day, lift first, when physical strength and energy supplies are at their peak, and then do your cardio

Get Your Calorie Fill

At a minimum, you should be eating three moderate to large-size meals of approximately 500 - 700 calories each a day, with three snacks throughout the day consisting of 200-400 calories each


Make sure you are practicing proper recovery nutrition. According to the ADA, it is recommended that we refuel with 0.5 g carbohydrates per lb of body-weight immediately following heavy or prolonged training. For most strength athletes, .5 to .80 grams of protein per pound of body weight needs to be consumed to build and repair muscle tissue. For most anyone, protein should supply 10 to 35 percent of overall energy intake
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