Los Angeles, CA –
One ofthe goals of a diet and exercise program is to lose weight and body fat, butanother common goal is actually to gain weight in order to build muscle. Just like with losing weight, there are manycommon mistakes we make when trying to build muscle. Here are a few common ones to avoid.
Musclegrowth is fueled by a high protein diet, but that’s not the onlycomponent. Those working to grow anddevelop muscles often cut out carbohydrates completely for they fear of gainingfat or as opposed to the lean muscle. Carbohydrates are important to support energy and digestive processes inthe body, and as long as we stick to complex carbohydrates (potatoes with skin,oats, sweet potatoes and fruits) the weight we add will work to define muscletone instead of add fat.
Anothermistake commonly made with food is skipping meals. Muscle requires nutrition to grow, and if thebody works hard but doesn’t have resources to repair itself it will start topull from internal resources. Often thisis fat, but if fat resources are limited the body will pull from existingmuscle – which reduces and inhibits growth overall.
Mentally,it’s important to set specific goals to change health, but in order to gainmuscle or lose weight these should be given measurements and guidelines to helpa person focus on their achievements. Anexample of a general goal would be “I want to gain more muscle.” A more appropriate goal would be “I want togain 5 pounds of muscle by May 31.” This gives a target and provides measureableresults.
Finally,training experts recommend seeking out support for any fitness goal. Community support holds a person accountable,keeps them focus, and can provide answers to common questions and a safe spaceto talk about progress and commiserate with set-backs. This also provides mental benefit byencouraging social interaction, which improves overall health.
Byfollowing these tips and correcting habits, muscle weight gain is possible asis any health goal we wish to accomplish.
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