Whether you’re training for a bodybuilding competition or just want to increase strength and muscle mass, you’ll need to modify your fitness and nutrition regimen so that it caters to muscle gains.
Evaluate your diet and make adjustments accordingly. Rid your diet of the cookies, crackers, cream-filled cupcakes, wings, chips and pizza. Stock your cupboards and refrigerator with high-quality sources of protein, carbs and fats. These foods will give you the necessary fuel you need to pack on muscle. Lean beef, chicken and turkey breasts, eggs and low-fat dairy are high-quality proteins; whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables are high-quality carbs; and avocados, nuts, seeds and oils are high-quality fats.
Feed your body throughout the whole day to keep your muscles supplied with nutrients. Take advantage of the summer by using your grill. Marinate a chicken breast, place chopped-up vegetables in foil and roll a yam in foil. Bake all of them on the grill and have them for a meal. Eat every two to three hours for the whole day.
It’s not always easy to build muscle with training alone and you’ll need to set aside enough time for your body to rest and recover from some those intense workouts.
Once you get onto the muscle-building cycle, you’ll find that it does get easier to keep yourself on track and you can tweak your program as you go.
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