How to Maintain Muscle Mass While Losing Fat
Looking to lose extra body fat? The best time to focus on changing body composition is during the off season. However, there are some easy tips to start implementing now for maintaining muscle mass while losing fat:
Choose lean, low-fat proteins
» Skinless chicken, turkey, tuna/fish, very lean red meat, 96/4 ground meat or ground turkey, 2% cheese, low-fat or skim milk, low-fat yogurt and cottage cheese.
» Peanut butter and nuts/seeds provide some protein, but are classified as a fat.
Add protein at every meal
» Protein slows down digestion to help you stay full longer and keep your blood sugar more level post a meal or snack.
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington and is a state media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. . She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University and Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.