Granted, there is a certain youthful population that doesn't need to worry about this, but as we age the desire to gain muscle and lose fat becomes more important. Did you know that after age 40 women lose muscle mass at half a pound per year? Yikes! That's not good news, since muscles burn many more calories than fat. Plus, we tend to pack on fat around the belly as we age ... and doctors claim that is the most unhealthy place to gain fat.
So what to do, what to do?
How to Gain Muscle, Lose Fat
You probably already know the simple tip that helps your body achieve this: eat more protein and fewer carbs. Duh!
But did you know that the KIND of protein that you eat can make a difference? For instance, one study published in the "Journal of Nutrition" had overweight pre-menopausal women consume diets with low, medium, or high amounts of DAIRY protein while participating in an aerobic and weight lifting program. The women who ate the highest amounts of dairy gained muscle and lost fat. The women in the medium dairy protein group stayed on an even keel, while the women in the low dairy protein group lost muscle.
What is even more important is that the women in the high dairy protein group lost belly fat almost exclusively while at the same time gaining muscle. So go dairy. right?
Gain Muscle Lose Fat for Vegans and the Lactose-Intolerant
But what if you are a vegan or lactose-intolerant? Obviously the high dairy protein diet isn't going to help you gain muscle, lose fat, and get happy! Luckily, there is another source of high quality protein that is just as good or even better than dairy protein: AFA blue green algae. It turns out that this form of microalgae has 75% usable high quality protein. Compare that with just 18% in red meat!
In addition, AFA blue green algae is a very rich source of essential fatty acids, including DHA and EPA. So, if you don't feeling like glugging down a glass of milk per day, consider taking a capsule of whole algae and a capsule of algae with the cell wall removed. The whole algae cell and gives your body access to proteins necessary for physical energy, while the type that is the heart of the algae does the same for mental energy.
Read more about this microalgae here: http://bit.ly/AFA-algae
Either way, take in more high-quality proteins and fewer carbs, and you'll gain muscle, lose fat (especially belly fat), and feel better all the way around!
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