Every individual has a unique dietary requirement for muscle gain, but some guidelines can be followed universally. If you are skinny, gaining muscle could be tougher for you. Make sure that you read these tips and get a sculpted body.
Do not compromise on protein intake
Almost everybody knows the importance of protein in building muscle but only a few know that our body cannot store protein. Yes, unlike fat, our body is constantly using protein for repairing muscle fiber and producing hormones. This continuous drainage of protein can only be complemented by eating adequate amounts of protein on a daily basis. Each day you skip protein, you delay your bodybuilding results.
Pay attention to veggies
It’s not just meats and eggs that your body needs for getting in shape. People often ignore the fact that vegetables are an essential aspect of building muscle. Any bodybuilder who lacks knowledge about vegetable intake will never be able to gain size through carbohydrates and protein alone. Competitive bodybuilders need to take 5 to 6 servings of vegetables every day to supply mineral and vitamins to their body. The average gym member should also consume enough vegetables to gain muscle size and strength. Vegetables also provide fiber which is essential for making a high protein diet work.
Don’t ignore Vitamin C
Being one of the most powerful naturally available antioxidants, Vitamin C helps in the synthesis of amino acids and hormones while boosting collagen production. Moreover, it protects our immune system from damage and saves us from numerous health issues. Just like protein, our body is unable to store Vitamin C; hence it should be regularly supplied for optimal benefit. You can also consume 500-1,000 mg of multivitamins each day.
Consume protein before you sleep
It is a common knowledge that our body repairs the muscle fibers while we sleep. But, if your protein consumption is low, your body can tap into muscle stores for energy. The problem can be solved by consuming 30 to 50 grams of protein before we go to sleep. The amounts will drop down for beginners and non-competitive bodybuilders. If you think that eating this much protein right before going to sleep is a bad idea, stick to protein shakes. They are easily digested and do not hamper the sleep pattern as well. Nuts, lean meats, and seeds are some good alternatives to a protein shake.
Consume carbohydrates strategically
You can burn excess fat and boost your metabolic rate if you cycle between high and low carb days. Our body is designed to store fat and eating high amounts of carbohydrates will lead to fat storage. On the other hand, eating a low carb diet will force your body to break down muscle tissue for energy. You will have to balance between both the strategies to maintain a healthy and fit body. As a rule of thumb, you can go for a high carb diet after every 3 to 5 days of low carb intake.
I always tell my clients that diet is more important than exercise. Make sure you keep these tips in mind while building muscle. As a skinny person, you can eat too many carbs and fats for muscle gain. Don’t make this mistake. Adopt the slow and steady approach to a healthier body and better muscle growth.