I hurt myself six weeks back. I was trying to lift something in the gym and I could feel something snap. At first I thought it nothing and would go away. However, when it refused to heal for several weeks and the pain kept increasing, I was compelled to consult an expert. Lateral epicondylitis I was told. Lateral what? It is what all of us commonly know as the tennis elbow and can be painful as hell. So much so that even lifting a cup can be hard. I had to stop going to the gym, at least temporarily. A lot of us would kick our feet up at this point, bring out the movies, popcorn and ice cream and repair and recuperate. Not a bad idea at all.
There is an alternative though. In a normal state, if you are exercising regularly, your body needs fuel. Depending on the form of exercise, it needs extra protein, fat and even carbs. You may need up to 600 – 1000 calories more each day. More likely than not, this will also cause weight gain. To be clear, if this gain is muscle, you are doing well. If it is body fat however, its the extra food making its way into fat. If you don’t eat the extra food, your body will not convert the effort into muscle. Food is what it needs to repair. Finding the right balance is close to impossible. This is the reason experts say that you can’t easily lose body fat and gain body muscle at the same time.
So back to the popcorn and movies. This is an excellent time for you to watch your diet. With the right effort and an understanding of what to eat, you can lose stubborn body fat. When you go back to your exercise, you will be primed to show off your abs.