Can you increase your strength on a low carbohydrate diet? Fundamentally, the answer has to be “No”, right? If you want to lift heavier weight you have to eat more food. Is that the answer though?
Eat big, lift big and get big. Seems like one of the easier things in life doesn’t it? It’s important to note that in order to increase muscle mass, you’ll need to consume large amounts of calories. Your body needs incoming large amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats in order to optimally grow.
The first issue that is normally brought to me is that, due to lifestyles, you may not to be able to eat often enough in order to increase your strength levels. At first, that’s a problem but not for long. Your body will adapt to the incoming amount of calories and adjust your hormones and metabolism accordingly and it’s not as bad of a thing as most would have you believe.
So provided that you have an optimized diet which only means that you are eating a few meals per day and getting a decent amount of protein, carbohydrates and fat, you’ll be ok. A low calorie diet is a whole lot different then not eating over the long term.
While your diet is the biggest factor involving if your strength gains will increase or not, your weight training is the most important factor.
You basically want to focus your weight training on two of the “big three” movements. For this workout, I’ve picked the bench press and the deadlift. Volume is the factor which must be controlled the most.
You’ll do this workout on Monday, Tuesday,Thursday and Saturday
Deadlift:1-3 sets of 5 reps
Bench Press:1-3 sets of 5 reps
Seated Shoulder Press:1-3 sets of 5 reps
Kettlebell Swings:1-3 sets of 5 reps
Super simple but very effective for burning fat and building muscle
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