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Body Recomposition: How Does it Really Work?

Body Recomposition: How Does it Really Work?

Body recomposition is known as the most desired body transformation—it is the ability of the body to burn fat while gaining lean muscle at the same time. Many people believe that there is no such thing as fat or bulky muscle, leading to a very confusing explanation of body recomposition. To put it very simply, it is when a person builds strength without adding bulky muscles, or when they build muscle without adding fat. The two adjustments that are necessary are making sure that caloric intake is correct on certain days, and making sure that the exercise plan in place will be beneficial. This guide will help you with what you need to do in order to have a shot at body recomposition.

The Body Recomposition Diet

This is the most important factor when it comes to body recomposition. While modifying an exercise program is a large part in the change as well, diet still holds the key. In most forms of dieting, cycling of some sort is involved. This is the modification of nutrition on certain days. This could be regulated periodic fasting, a diet centered on ketogenics, or carb backloading. All of these types of diets use different parameters for their cycling, but the one thing that they have in common is that they require you to eat more carbs and calories on the days that you will work out than on days that you do not work out.

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The real key is that you will be eating more on days that include a workout, and less on days that do not. The reason for this is that the body needs the calories for recovery and utilizing energy. So all in all, the cycling will help to lose fat while gaining muscle, optimizing hormones, and even live longer. Now learn how to do it.

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Calorie Cycling

There is a lot of in-depth information to be known prior to cycling. Though it may seem very simple, it is very important to define a few important terms. You know that you will be consuming more calories on days that you train, but what exactly constitutes as training? For body recomposition, training days are the days in which you perform a weight training routine for at least 30 minutes. Though lots of other exercises can be intense, body recomposition is only possible if the one partaking is doing more than 30 minutes of decently intense weight training 3 times per week, consistently. Resistance training is the most effective way to gain muscle when working at body recomposition.

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The Formulas

Once that is understood, it is necessary to know exactly how many calories should be taken in to not only lose fat but gain muscle. First, one must calculate their maintenance calories. This can be done by taking your weight in pounds, multiplying it by 14 and then by 17. This is the acceptable range for maintenance calories (MC). Next, find your training day calories. To do this, take the MC and increase it by 15%. Remember that these are only the days with weight training. Finally, find your rest day calories. Take the MC and decrease it by 10%. These days are the ones that do not include training with weights.

Body recomposition can seem intimidating and difficult, but with the right information it can be made simple. When using a formula like this, anyone can find their numbers and then apply it to their lifestyle. There are so many ways to eat for recomposition, and these formulas are a great first step in the journey to losing fat and gaining muscle—the lean muscle that is so often sought after.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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