A well balanced diet and the proper workout regimen always work hand in hand in gaining muscle. If you are going for a well sculpted body with fine cuts and muscle definition, then you need to lose all the unwanted body fats in your body. This doesn't mean though that you have to starve yourself, on the contrary, you need to eat more, more of the types of food that can increase your metabolism.
Dieting is not just about eating small amount of food, it's more about having the proper eating habits. Remember the food pyramid? It's all about knowing what to eat more and what to eat less. Eat plenty of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Limit your intake of fatty and sugary foods. But in gaining muscle, you need to have the proper amount of calories which will help fuel muscle growth and development. So preparing a special diet is in order. Getting the services of a dietician or nutritionist can help you a lot.
At first you may think that you are not losing weight fast enough. But if your goal is gaining muscle, then losing weight is not as fast as it would be when working out for the purpose of losing weight alone. This is because in a lose weight and gain muscle program, your weight reduction in body fat will be appended by the weight gain of muscle growth. This is a good thing as your weight will not be based on how much body fat you have but by the muscles you have gained.
Increasing your metabolism is essential in your workout as this is the process that boosts and generates energy for the body to help in developing your muscles. As you develop a good diet, you will be able to tweak the maximum efficiency of your body in producing energy which is very much needed when you are working out. Even all your normal activities like walking, sleeping, breathing and plain sitting require energy, so imagine how much would be needed when working out strenuously?
For gaining muscle, you will indeed be working out strenuously. You will be doing lots of strength training and weight lifting. Heavy weights will greatly help you in developing muscles. This can get very tiring though, so you really have to be determined in keeping up with your program. A professional trainer will be able to provide you a specialized strength training that will be able to maximize your training time.
Your attitude towards developing yourself will also make a big impact. You must be persistent and patient. Muscles don't grow overnight. In fact, you won't really be able to notice them in the first few weeks. But don't be discouraged, just stick with your program. The body and muscle pains you feel after working out is a clear sign that what you're doing is working. Feel the burn.
So there it is, the basics in gaining muscle and losing weight. It's not just about breaking a sweat, its all about laser targeting all the aspects involved. A good diet (proper eating habits), and a rigid strength training and workout regimen, will definitely set you on the road to losing weight, gaining muscle, and basically bring out a better looking and healthier you.