Today I’m going to answer a some of the most common questions beginners have when they start getting into fitness and bodybuilding.
At least when I just got started, I spent hours and hours online looking for information and answers to all of my questions, so I decided I want to make it easier for you. So to do that I put together a list of questions that I personally used to have and questions that I frequently see on forums and comment sections.
Without further ado, let’s answer these questions.
1. What is the fastest way to lose fat? Unfortunately there is no miracle cure to lose fat, but the easiest way to lose fat though, is simply to count calories in vs calories out. How big of a deficit you are in, will determine how fast you lose weight, but I would not recommend going more than 5-600 calories under maintenance for long periods of time since this is unhealthy and will most likely lead to loss of muscle as well. If you want some tips to help you burn fat you can check out our ”11 tips that will help you burn fat” post.
2. How to burn belly fat? Well, the answer to this question is very simple. It’s impossible to burn fat from targeted areas on your body, so if you have a little too much fat around your waistline, the only way to get rid of this is to cut down to a lower body fat percentage over all. People store fat in different places, and for some people the belly is last to go, just hang in there and follow your cutting plan, your abs will show eventually.
3. How to build muscle fast? Unfortunately there is no miracle cure for this neither, except anabolic steroids of course, but if you’re reading this I’m going to assume that you’re a beginner and steroids are not the answer you are looking for.
If you want to build muscle as fast as possible there is no way around hard work, dedication and a proper nutrition plan. You can find out more about building muscle by reading our ”basics of building muscle” post.
4. How often should I train? This really depends on the program you are on.
You want to make sure you are training each body part two or three times a week, not more than three since every muscle needs around 48 hours to recover after you train it.
5. What to do if you mess up your diet? This is also very simple, you do nothing. What’s done is done and there’s nothing to do about it, so there’s simply no need to beat yourself up over it neither. All you need to do is to continue your eating plan the next day, whether you are losing or gaining weight, that one day you messed up is not going to determine if you reach your goal or not. Whats most important is that you stick to the plan for the majority of the time.
6. Are cheat days okay? I would say that cheat days are okay to some extend depending on your goal. Lets say you are trying to lose weight and you’re in a 500 calorie deficit every day, this would mean that you are in a weekly deficit of 3500 calories. If Saturday comes and you start binge eating because its your ”cheat day”, you might very easily throw away your whole week of dieting. What I would recommend is to have a ”controlled cheat day”, where you still count your calories, but you allow yourself to eat a little more. You could also just switch out some of your carb and fat sources for the day. Learn more about enjoying your diet in our ”flexible dieting” post.
7. Do I need to train abs? You don’t necessarily need to do a lot of isolation work on your abs since your core is active in almost every other exercise, so they will get stronger anyways. With that said, there is no harm in doing some ab work a few times a week, and you will get stronger and thicker abs if you give them more work. So the answer here is simply that it depends on your preference.
So that was some very common questions that I see a lot, if there are any questions you want answered that I did not address in this post, you can ask us in the comment section below or write us an e-mail on our ”contact” site.
Thank you for reading!