Working out towards "bulking up". Seriously! Sure, the workout is not necessarily a fun thing in itself
, BUT, you get to still increase your body's health and keep fat away, WHILE eating more normal amounts and kinds of food than you have to when dieting.
On a whim, I took to heart a suggestion from an acquaintance of mine, and recently switched from dieting and losing weight to weight training.
That was two weeks ago. But only today did I finally do enough research on the subject to realize something very pleasing indeed: While weight training, I get to eat much more normal and good-tasting food, and a more normal quantity of it -- and I still won't gain any significant fat, but WILL gain muscle.
It's an increasingly common question for those who want to get in shape: "slim down", or "bulk up"? Both are very healthy. Of course, there's also a third option: regular/cardio-style fitness workouts while dieting. But I've tried that too, and I much prefer being able to eat normally and building muscle. That may be because I'm a guy; I can see why women wouldn't necessarily want to build muscle.
But whoever does
decide to go the bulking-up route to fitness has the most enjoyable diet of all three routes: you get high calories, high protein -- even high fat
! That last part really amazed me: I found out I am REQUIRED to eat more fat than I'm currently eating, because a good amount of fat is actually necessary for building muscle. So, I got my Chipotle burrito with guacamole today.
I probably have another 10 pounds or so of body fat I'd like to eliminate in the future, but that can wait until I bulk up some. The goals of losing fat and of gaining muscle require two different diets, if you want to make significant progress in those areas. So, my opinion is that it's best to concentrate on just one of those goals at a time, and change your diet accordingly.
But ya, if you need a break from your oppressive diet, building muscle is a guilt-free way to start eating a good deal more the way you feel like eating.