if I told you that you could lose weight and look bigger, you probably would not believe me. However, read through this post to find out exactly how to do so.
I’m sure we all know that losing body fat has tons of benefits. However, it would probably seem strange to think that losing weight could actually make you appear bigger.
Does Losing Fat Make You Look Bigger?
Leaner physiques actually show off more muscle definition and vascularity, making them appear larger than someone with more bodyfat. By having less fat to cover the muscles, the hard look of them will really pop as opposed to the soft look of bodyfat. By cutting the fat, you can actually weigh less and appear bigger.
Leaner Physiques Look Bigger
The leaner you are, the more your muscle will show. Seeing more muscles give the appearance that you are bigger. Body fat also tends to give a softer look, whereas muscle has a hard appearance.
The leaner you are, the more striations and lines will appear on the muscles, giving you a more muscular and bigger appearance.
Let’s take UFC fighters for example. They have to be very lean and have minimal body fat. This ensures that they can move quickly without getting as tired. However, they are strong and have a lot of muscle on their frame.
SInce they are so lean with no bodyfat, they look a lot bigger than they are. Take Connor McGregor for instance, here is a picture of him at 145lbs. This is a very low bodyweight but he is all muscle with close to no body fat. You can see what I mean about all the lines and striations through his muscles.
Most people would not look like this at 145lbs. They would look very skinny and small unless they had the amount of muscle mass that he has.
Not only will you appear to be bigger, less body fat has countless other positive affects on your physique and your health. The less body fat you have, the more testosterone you will have, which will convert to more muscle growth. This results in a bigger physique.
More benefits on low body fat and how you can lose your body fat will be further discussed in this post.
Less Fat To Cover Up The Muscles
The more bodyfat that you carry, the less you can see the muscles underneath. This is why it is so difficult to see the abdominal muscles. You have to have a very low bodyfat to see them. Even if you train them frequently, if there is a layer of bodyfat over them, then they will not be visible.
It’s important to always remember that a nice physique is very much putting on an illusion. Everyone does it. Every Instagram or fitness model you see uses illusions to make themselves look better. This allows them to gain more of a following and sell more of their products. It’s business.
By losing fat, they can appear bigger to achieve this. Once the fat is removed, the vascularity and lines in the muscles will pop alot more. This is because only skin is covering the muscles, rather than a bunch of fat.
So many people notice that their physique actually looks bigger when they cut 15 pounds. Since seeing more muscle will give your appearance more of a hard look.
Most bodybuilders and frequent gym-goers go through bulking, cutting, and maintenance phases. Bulking is when you increase your caloric intake and try to put on much muscle as possible, while also putting on some fat.
The goal here is to build strength and muscle. Bodybuilders will usually do this for about 4-6 months before going into a cutting phase. For more information of bulking, see here.
The cutting phase involves eating in a calorie deficit and trying to lose as much fat as possible, while keeping on muscle. The goal is to remove the fat gained on the bulk but keep the muscle.
A cutting diet is not as long as bulking as it is difficult to maintain a low calorie diet for long periods of time. Usually about 2-4 months is plenty of time.
So when this fat is removed due to being in a caloric deficit and by doing cardio, the muscle is all that remains. Bodybuilders will do this in an extreme fashion before they step on stage for a show. What’s left is a body with very low body fat and a large amount of muscle.
This is when the bodybuilders look their best and biggest, although they weigh very little. This is why the cutting phase is so popular. Although you may be weak and not weigh much, your physique looks it’s best.
Remember how your body looks is often an illusion. Low amounts of fat give the illusion of a bigger, proportioned physique.
How To Lose Fat
Nutiriton is the most important factor in losing fat to look bigger. Start by finding out what your maintenance calories are by looking up a calorie counter. After you’ve found this amount, you want to eat about 300-500 less calories than it per day.
This will allow you to lose about 1 pound per week. Anything more will result in you losing too much muscle. Also remember to be eating a gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. This will ensure that you keep on as much muscle as possible while cutting weight.
About 15-30% of your calories should come from fat, 25-30% from protein, and 55-60% from carbohydrates. Keeping carbs in your diet will allow you to have energy in and out of the gym.
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables will keep yourself full while consuming little calories. Lean meats and whole grains are also great options. Avoid processed foods and sugar as much as possible.
Incorporate cardio to lose additional bodyfat.
Note that you will lose strength and not feel as energized while cutting, as your body does not have as much fuel being provided. Adjust your workouts accordingly and don’t get discouraged if you find yourself losing some strength.
If you’re losing strength very quickly you may want to increase the number of calories that you are eating.
Consider giving yourself one cheat meal a weak to help diminish cravings. If you find yourself having cravings for junk food, knowing that you get your cheat meal should be enough to keep you going.
Most of you are probably already doing so, but add strength training into your routine. Not only will your workouts burn fat, having more muscle on your body actually promotes fat loss.
Your sleep schedule is also very important when it comes to fat burning. Many studies have proven that those who get at least 7 hours a sleep burn more fat than those who get less.
Better sleep quality also aids in weight loss.
Consider swapping out fats for healtheir fats. Avacadoes, nuts, and olive oils are all great sources of healthy fats. They will actually help you maintain fullness and prevent weight gain.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments, and I will get back to you!