The media and even brands of clothing has created an unspoken standard of beauty for men. Muscles equate to masculinity and that it does a lot in making you look more attractive to the opposite sex. Gaining muscle is more than just gaining weight. A lot of people think that it is easy for slim men to gain weight because all they need to do is eat. This notion is wrong because gaining muscle mass does not only require people to eat more but it requires them to eat right which in almost all circumstances is challenging.
The amount of exercise has to be targeted so as the muscles are stimulated to grow without exhausting the reserved calories and proteins required to build it. A common mistake of some body builders is to work themselves to exhaustion. Instead of stimulating muscle growth they trigger a protein breakdown from the muscles to supply the energy required. The right amount of exercise and proper diet are the key elements in achieving muscle growth.
Some people want to see the results fast. It is not impossible but the amount of work involved is numerous and the level of dedication required to achieve it is at its highest. Here are some tips that will help you gain muscle fast.
Work on Increasing your Testosterone levels Naturally
Testosterone is the male hormone responsible for muscle growth and sex drive. It is the hormone responsible for your manly features such as your chest hair and side burns. While there is a faster way to increase your circulating levels of testosterone by taking steroids, this method is also associated with a lot of side effects which is why increasing your T levels naturally is the preferred way. You can do this by consuming vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. Green tea has also been shown to improve T-levels by reducing circulating estrogen. Having enough sleep and high intensity interval training will help you boost your T-levels.
You will not gain muscle without protein. Begin by improving your natural intake of protein rich foods such as meats, fish, eggs and other poultry products such as milk. You can supplement this with synthetic protein such as whey protein shakes and amino acid supplements.
The last and final step that will ensure muscle growth is adequate exercise. The word “adequate” is important because it means that you need just the right amount of stress on your muscles to stimulate it to adapt and growth. The amount of weight you lift and the frequency of contractions per set as well as the number of sets dictates the amount of stress you put on your muscles. Controlling these values and gradually increasing them as you move along is the best approach used to achieve optimal muscle growth.
There is no short cut in achieving your fitness goals. Hard work and determination is rewarded with success. A similar concept applies in health and fitness. Your bodyweight goal will remain a dream unless you put the right amount of effort into it.