Just in Time for Bulking Season
By Korbie Nitiforo◊WORKOUT & TIPS
It is known in the fitness industry that athletes have different times of the year where we either bulk up (add quality muscle mass by increasing our caloric content and training with heavier weights) or contest diet (diet down to extremely low levels of body fat while hopefully trying to maintain the quality muscle mass we built during the bulking phase). The contest diet part seems to be attainable for most athletes being that there are more contest prep coaches available for hire now and it is just easier in general to lose body fat than it is to build muscle. Bulking up and putting on quality muscle for many athletes seems to be as elusive as the Road Runner when Wiley Coyote is chasing him in the cartoons. They have absolutely no idea how to go about it. It would be easy to just add a bunch of extra calories by way of hamburgers, enchiladas, pizza, and candy, but I would wager that you would see your waistline expanding a lot quicker than your chest or biceps. In order to really put on that quality weight gain, it is important to increase your caloric intake slowly over the course of several weeks. You also need to eat nutritious, calorically dense foods and incorporating a high quality weight gainer can help.
We've all heard the phrase "Rome wasn't built in a day." Well a good physique wasn't either. It takes time to build quality muscle. So it's important to add extra calories to your diet slowly over the course of several weeks. The body doesn't like sudden, drastic changes. Increasing your calories from 2000 a day to 5000 a day is a good way to shock your body into fat storage mode. Instead, try increasing your calories from 2000 to 3000 a day. And then gradually increase them thereafter as necessary.
Increasing your caloric intake by adding nutritious, calorically dense foods is important. Foods like nuts & seeds, fruits, avocados, whole grains, whole milk, whole eggs, whole cheeses (in moderation), salmon, beef, pork, and chicken dark meat are all good foods to consider adding to the diet when trying to gain quality weight. Your caloric intake can also be increased by increasing the number of times you eat per day. A lot of the athletes I come across that have the hardest time gaining weight are also not big eaters. The advice I give to them is if they're not able to eat all of their extra calories, they should try drinking some of them. That's where a good weight gainer comes into play.
Adding quality muscle mass to your physique can be quite a task. But with patience, perseverance, good nutrition, and good supplementation it can be achieved. If you are ready for bulking season check out the NEW Body Fortress Super Advanced Mass Gainer now available at Walmart. The ratio of carbohydrates to protein is perfect for quality weight gain.* Plus it provides 100 grams of muscle-glycogen boosting carbs per 3 scoop serving with less than 10% coming from sugar.* And it tastes absolutely delicious!!! Taste is extremely important if you're going to be drinking it several times a day.