By Skip La Cour
Six-Time National Champion Bodybuilder
Success and Leadership Coach
Is it better to bulk up for added muscle growth or stay lean and healthy-looking all year around?
The “old school” way of thinking is that you must carry around a little extra weight for a certain period of time during the year to eventually build more muscle. Or, is this just an excuse to go a little overboard on your nutrition under the guise of doing yourself some good?
It is true that there are some benefits to bulking up. The additional body fat you’ll inherit with that extra weight will not necessarily help you pack on more muscle in the end. However, extra food and excess body fat can help prevent your body from ever using its precious muscle as an energy source, help you feel more energized than you may on a calorie restricted meal plan, and maybe even help you feel as though you can train heavier in the gym.
But is it really necessary to put on excess weight in order to gain muscle? No. With a little extra discipline and some consistent, scientifically-based nutritional strategies, you can effectively build muscle and remain looking lean and healthy.
Heavy training, adequate recuperation from your training, and consistently eating high-quality protein are key ingredients to building rock-solid muscle mass—not putting on extra weight and delusional size (which is really just excess body fat).
When it comes to eating to build muscle, you must have an effective plan-of-attack. Eating the right foods before and after your workouts, putting a high-priority on eating the right foods during the three-hour window of muscle building opportunity, and consuming smaller, well-balanced meals consistently throughout the day is what the cutting-edge research says is the most effective way to build muscle, stay lean, and maintain your health.
Sorry, guys. Your rationale for getting fat and sloppy won’t work anymore. The “bulking up” theory doesn’t stand up to the scientific research we have available to us today.
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