Don’t restrict certain food groups – avoid a diet that’s too restrictive of any certain type of food. In order to maintain muscle you need plenty of protein, vitamins and nutrients.
Exercise – Research examined the effect of calorie restriction combined with resistance, endurance, or both types of training in older adults with obesity.
The researchers found that when individuals followed an eating plan and did some type of exercise, they were able to prevent muscle loss due to calorie restriction.
Eat Lots of Protein – If your protein intake is really low your muscle will have a hard time rebuilding after activity. You can end up burning muscle instead of fat.
Take Supplements – Consider taking a supplement, such as chromium picolinate, which is said to have a positive effect on weight loss, hunger, and blood sugar levels.
Other helpful supplements for mainting muscle are:
- Branched Chain Amino Acids – your body cannot make these amino acids and they must be obtained through the diet or supplements