I started lifting at age fifteen. I only weighed 143 pounds. Today, I weigh 208 pounds. I know how hard it is to gain weight & put on mass. It took years! Over those years, I have learned a lot about what type of nutrition I need in order to achieve the mass I want.
Gaining mass is supposed to be fun. Should be pretty simple, too. I mean, who doesn't like to eat? Think about it - if a car runs out of gas, it cannot drive. The same thing goes for your body. If you do not fuel your body with the food it needs to grow - it cannot grow. If you're going to eat to gain mass, you must have those meals prepped and ready to go.
On a typical day, I'll eat six meals. On a great day, I'll eat seven. I only eat good carbs - oats, brown rice, sweet potato. I do not eat those carbs after lunch. I eat all the green vegetables that I can stand. No sugar. No bread. I snack on almonds, if I have the urge. I struggle from time to time, but the cleaner I eat - the sharper I'll look.
If you're wanting to add more mass, you can easily increase your carb intake past lunch. Also, adding a carb-shake with your protein shake would help with your bulk.
The flip side to the eating is actually doing the work. I work very hard.
A standard day of training for me consists of an hour of fasted cardio with Modern BCAA+™ upon waking up, afternoon weight training & another round of cardio with Modern BCAA+ (30-45 min.) I like for my conditioning to really show, so I keep my cardio up. On bulk, obviously I'll take out one of the cardio sessions.
It's not easy - but I love it. I also love double cheeseburgers. It has to be my favorite meal, especially with all the great places to eat in Memphis. So, I make it a point to have at least one every single week. If I'm feeling particularly good, I'll have two burgers a week. Immediately following the cheat meal, I get right back on track. Consistency is the key. If you fall down, get right back up.
For my pre-workout, I do not like to eat before I lift. I either eat a chicken breast or take a simple protein shake. Jack3d® is my go-to for pre-workout. When I'm finished with my session, I have a protein shake.
I've heard all of the stories about eating candy, ice cream or donuts pre and post workout. Despite the popularity, I haven't tried it. I have those foods for dessert on cheat day.
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