There may come a time in your life when you make the decision to make gains. Muscle gains, weight gains, confidence gains, athletic gains. And nutrition can play a huge, if not central, role in that decision.
So, once you have purchased the ticket for that particular train ride, what are the steps that you can take, just in terms of nutrition, to help move you in the right direction? Five tips in particular are going to involve supplements, knowledge of body type, avoiding fad diets, using a personal trainer, and keeping consistently hydrated.
Even with an adaptation toward different foods when it comes time to put that muscle on, there are going to be some chemical levels that you can tweak to increase your chances of hitting your goal, and supplements are going to get you there. Many people take protein supplements and estrogen blockers in particular, are they’re known to have some of the most efficient effects on your body, particularly the ones that have been studied and have a slew of evidence backing them up.
Figure Out Your Body Type
And nutrition changes are going to have a larger or smaller effect on you depending on your basic body type. So, before you change your diet, it’s necessary to understand what kind of changes are going to move you toward your goal. Based on your body type, will your gains be hard or easy? Will they be more affected by diet or exercise? How much time should you expect to need in order for dietary changes to take affect? These are all questions that need to be answered early in your process.
Avoid Fad Diets
Fad diets are the enemy of muscle gain. Anything that moves outside the realm of a balanced diet and consistent physical effort may work in the short term, but can have really awful side effects later, and all of your hard-earned gains can be eliminated when you do go back toward a more standard routine.
Use a Personal Trainer If You Can
Personal trainers have a wealth of information both about exercise and nutrition, so if you don’t want to end up trying to do a lot of guesswork, then spend the money on someone with the right type of expertise. Yes, they can be expensive, but they can literally save you from countless mistakes that you’d make on your own about food and exercise.
Water Is Central To Almost Everything
And one unfortunately and consistently overlooked aspect of diet, especially with regard to muscle gain, is water intake! Water weight will go up and down if you don’t maintain a consistent schedule of hydration, and you’ll have a tough time defining what’s muscle and what’s just water retention going up and down.