Problem with belly fat after following a workout routine
I have a question about muscle building. I have been following a "Hardgainer" program from a popular magazine. I have been doing very good and get a lot stronger and muscles are getting a lot bigger very fast.
However, my stomach is starting to collect excess fat from all the food I am having to eat to counteract my super fast metabolism. I actually didn't do the cardio 2x a week like they suggested with quick sprints and interval training. I think that is the reason that I have developed my first "belly".
Should I continue my high protein and lean eating diet and add cardio to counteract the fat increase?
Thank you for asking me this question because it makes me feel that you trust me enough to help you with your fitness problem.
I am glad to hear that you are having great results with the "Hardgainers" program that you talk about. I can see that you are quite disciplined, working hard and seeing your efforts pay off.
What you are facing is not uncommon. First of all, men tend to store fat in their abdominal region, which therefore becomes a problem. Women, on the other hand, store body fat equally throughout their entire bodies.
Yes, I would attribute your problem due to neglect of cardio activity. The thing is, although you are nourishing your muscles with protein from your diet, the excess calories from the food is stored, as you do not engage in any higher level activity after exercising.
I strongly suggest that you continue with what you are doing, but remember to do cardio. I suggest increasing it to three times per week, and cutting down your muscle building exercises by one day, just to get your metabolism up and running, so that the problem doesn't worsen.
However, if time is a problem and you feel worried that you might lose your hard-earned gains, then you could spend more time doing cardio during your twice weekly sessions. Increase the intensity and time, and you should gradually see an improvement in your stomach.
Should you need tips on what kind of aerobic exercises you can do, head over to examples of aerobic exercises and you can get more ideas there for your cardio workout. I know that after a while, running and intervals can get really boring.
I hope my advice has helped you somewhat. Do feel free to reply me with further questions, if you have any.
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