When I attempted to build muscle back in high school, I’ve always known that in order to build muscle, I needed protein and a good workout. Little did I know that having the daily protein requirement was only a small part in the process of building muscle.
The one mistake I made when trying to build muscle
I always ate lean protein-rich food, avoided most common carbs and fatty food like the plague.
Not only did I fail to build more muscle, I became even more skinny in a bad way.
It was only later after getting a job as a programmer and learning from first hand experience and from my trainer that in order to build some muscle I had to eat more calories than I needed in order for my body to build muscle.
The common notion of eating more than your body needs is that it will lead to fat gain, in which it did, however, with enough rest and a good workout program, gaining muscle was guaranteed.
I only needed to adjust the amount of excess calories to maintain muscle gain and fat loss, although the muscle gains were not as good as with a little fat gain.
However, bottom line is, I was not able to build any muscle a few years ago because I was afraid of gaining some fat in the process.
I was not happy with gaining fat and was not willing to leave the comfort zone of eating less than needed.
So, my number one advice to skinny guys like me out there is to not fear a little fat gain, you can readjust the number of calories you need to balance out or optimize muscle gain and fat loss.
You can gain only so much muscle in a month, so anything in excess will be turned to fat. If you balance it according to your metabolic age, genetics, and lifestyle, you can certainly guarantee you will not lose muscle or gain fat.
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