We’ve all seen them, the type of guy who can seemingly walk into a gym, glance down at the weight and immediately start growing an abundance of lean muscle. Well, unfortunately, 99.99% of us are not this type of guy. For the majority of us, building lean muscle is an extremely difficult and long road.
The most common fault people have when attempting to build muscle is with their understanding of nutrition. Have a read below and see if any of this applies to you:
Following a misguided diet
Does your diet look like this? Skimmed milk, brown rice, brown pasta, fat free everything?
We hate to say it people, but this isn’t going to work. Yes, eating healthy or ‘clean’ is a good principle to follow, but that doesn’t mean you should pick 5 or 6 food sources and dedicate yourself to these forsaking all others. By doing so you are missing out on the wonderful variety of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that your body is craving.
Do your research (or read through some of our other articles), fat is not necessarily a bad thing, in fact if you’re looking to grow, you’re going to need it. If you’re in good health and have no history of cardiovascular disease, why are you avoiding cholesterol like it’s the plague – not all cholesterol is bad for you, there are different types, some actually being beneficial.
nly eating when you’re hungry
Sorry, this isn’t going to cut it. You have to understand, you’re asking your body to do something it doesn’t really want to do. Your body doesn’t want to maintain itself at 185lbs of lean muscle sub 10% body fat, it actually wants a little fat here and there. Think of it this way, your body is lazy, it is designed to perform in the most efficient, energy saving way possible – whereas a lean, mean fighting machine sounds like a lot of hard work.
Bottom line is, you’re going to have to eat even when you’re not hungry. Accept it and move on.
Stop blaming your genetics
Yes, some people are absolutely blessed. No, you might never be able to grow to the size of some pro-heavy weight bodybuilders (not naturally anyway), but that doesn’t mean you’re going to remain a stick figure forever.
You can’t argue against it, the more you eat, the bigger you’ll get. The type of ‘big’ will of course depend on what you eat and how active you are, but the principle remains nonetheless. By simply blaming it on your genetic make up is a sorry excuse.
And the biggest mistake of all.
You will never achieve anything if you don’t commit, and building muscle is no different. You’re not going to change the way you look by eating correctly for 1 week, or even 1 month, it’s going to take months of effort, and if you don’t keep it up, you’ll be right back at the beginning. Think of it like this, you’re 30 years old, you’ve been stuffing yourself with poor quality food all your life, you’ve been doing little to no exercise, do you really think you’re going to change all that in just a few weeks or months?
This is the problem with the term ‘diet’ (and yes, we’re aware we’ve used it within this article). The term implies that it is something you begin and which at some point you’ll end. This will be your downfall. A much better way of looking at it is as a lifestyle change, one in which you will continue to commit to going forward.
There is a wealth of knowledge out there, most of which is freely accessible to you if you look hard enough. Don’t follow the latest fad diet, don’t give yourself endless excuses, simply learn and apply, then commit. Don’t be a nutrition dummy!
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