Gaining lean muscle mass is object number one for most people. We all know, that eating more will make us gain weight, and eating less will make us lose weight. On the other hand working out hard will build us muscle mass. The balance between eating and training will gain us lean muscle mass. I don’t know how you are going to gain lean muscle mass but I know how I did, and I will share it with you.
Balancing between food and workouts is key for gaining lean muscle mass. I like to workout hard and push myself over the edge. Working out 5 to 6 days a week gives me a lot of freedom when making my food choices.
My food choices and tips to gain lean muscle mass!
First thing I do to make sure I have enough protein for the day is to take a shake of whey protein after workout. I know my muscles will have enough from the so needed protein to repair, recover and grow. I like to fire my workout up by taking creatine before workout. That dramatically increases my stamina, strength and helps to bring my workout to another level. The rest of the day foodwise is something I don’t like to think about a lot, and I don’t have to. All the healthy food choices I make during the day are all thanks to an already built food habit. I like to start every morning with fresh juiced grapefruit and orange. My evening snacks are fruits such as pineapple, apples or bananas. I like to have salad for dinner. All those healthy choices are not subject to my obsession and wiliness to look and feel good but to well built over time habit. I really crave those healthy foods now and I didn’t before. So you will have to eat more fruits vegetables, good amounts of meat and less sugary drinks and treats in order to gain lean muscle and hopefully make that a habit and lifestyle over time. See my Nutrition Facts page to learn more about calories and nutrients.
My workout tips to gain lean muscle mass!
Working out is as important as eating right. I am trying to workout 5 to 6 times a week for not more than an hour, hour and a half at a time. Well, that may seem a lot for some of you, but better believe me it pays off eventually. If you think that you won’t have the energy to keep up with so busy schedule, you are wrong. If you eat the right food in the right amount, you will be perfectly fine. If you think that you won’t have that extra time every day, you should think how much time you waste every day over your TV, computer, bed or sofa. I am sure you can find that hour, hour and a half and use it to workout hard, live better, healthier and confident life. See 10 motivation tips to workout here.
My workout program is pretty simple. I always work only two groups of muscles in workout season. Knowing about the antagonistic pairs of muscles helps me build a good workout program. Working out my biceps and triceps for instance, gives a chance to the the rest of my muscles to recover and grow bigger, stronger and leaner. I workout hard with short amount of break time between the sets. I workout every major muscle group in my body as part of a whole body workout program. I like to push myself to the limit, and use pyramid sets technique, in which the progression is from lighter weights with a greater number of repetitions in the first few sets, to heavier weights with fewer repetition in the following sets. At least one of my workouts is cardio – running, swimming or anything that’s considered cardio. And last but not least remember, that building muscle is not an overnight process. It may take months or even years. Keep up with the hard work and results will follow.