How To Bulk Up The Right Way - Diet Tips To Gain
Muscle Without Getting Fat
get approached by people almost daily asking for advice on how to
"bulk up." Many men apparently are having difficulty adding
muscle mass and even weight overall. So after asking them the basic
questions about their caloric intake, protein intake, workouts and
cardio, I still was unable to pinpoint what they might be missing.
So that is the reason for this article. After some research, this
is what I have found and I hope it will help.
First, you must determine your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).
Here is the equation:
- Women: BMR = 655 + (9.6 X weight in kg) + (1.8 x height
in cm) - (4.7 x age in years)
- Men: BMR = 66 + (13.7 X weight in kg) + (5 x height in
cm) - (6.8 x age in years)
Next, calculate your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE)
which is BMR x activity level.
Activity Factor Table
Amount of Exercise or Activity
||Little or no exercise, desk job
||TDEE = 1.2 x BMR
||Light exercise, sports 1-3 days per week
||TDEE = 1.375 x BMR
||Moderate exercise, sports 3-5 days per week
||TDEE = 1.55 x BMR
||Heavy exercise, sports 6-7 days per week
||TDEE = 1.725 x BMR
||Very heavy exercise, physical job, training 2 times per day
||TDEE = 1.9 x BMR
TDEE is the number of calories needed to maintain your weight.
To lose weight, one would subtract about 300-500 calories daily
from their TDEE. To gain weight, one would add 300-500 calories
daily to their TDEE.
All calories are not created equal. To add lean muscle mass without
adding fat, one must add protein without increasing fat intake.
To increase lean muscle mass, increase protein intake to 1.5 grams
per pound of body weight and divide that number between the 6-8
meals eaten daily. These meals should be spaced out with a minimum
of 90 minutes and a maximum of 3 hours in between each meal. Protein
sources should come from lean, low fat sources like chicken, turkey,
93% lean red meats, tuna, egg whites, shrimp, tilapia, mackarel,
Eating smaller meals more frequently will prevent you from over-consuming
calories in one sitting; it's simple portion control. More is not
necessarily better since your body can only utilize so much at once.
Excess calories in any one meal will always be converted into body
fat. Eating small, frequent meals promotes more efficient muscle
growth because it helps to regulate insulin levels. While the large
output of insulin that follows a high blood sugar level is undesirable,
insulin must be present in the bloodstream constantly so that amino
acids and glucose can be transported into the muscle tissue. Insulin
is a powerful anabolic hormone. One of insulin's
major roles is to shuttle the amino acids into the muscle cells
where they can be used for recovery and muscle growth. Unlike carbohydrates,
amino acids cannot be stored; they are only available for protein
synthesis for about three hours after the ingestion of protein.
By eating a moderately sized meal every three hours, you maintain
a steady release of insulin so it can fulfill its growth producing
Eating small, frequent meals also promotes muscle growth because
it helps to prevent the breakdown of muscle tissue associated with
long periods without food. Your body does not possess the ability
to store proteins and use them at a later time for muscle growth.
Since amino acids remain in your bloodstream for only about three
hours after a meal, it is crucial to eat a meal containing a complete
protein every three hours. If you do not supply your body with sufficient
protein at regular intervals, it will be forced to breakdown its
own muscle tissue for its amino acid needs. In addition to the growth
enhancing benefits of five or six meals daily, frequent eating will
also keep your energy levels high, and it will keep your metabolic
rate higher so you keep fat storage to a minimum while on your bulking
phase. When carbohydrates are consumed alone, there is a greater
rise in insulin than when they are consumed in combination with
protein. When simple, refined carbohydrates are consumed, there
is also a greater rise in insulin.
Increase your carbohydrate intake to between 1.5 to 2 grams of
carbs per pound of body weight. In order to gain muscle, a carbohydrate
increase will be required to keep your energy levels high, and thus
fuel your workouts, and in order to help shuttle the amino acids
from your proteins into the muscle tissue (since carbohydrates increase
insulin levels and insulin is necessary for the transport of the
aminos into the muscle). The key thing to ensure that muscle mass
is maximized as opposed to fat gain when consuming carbohydrates
is to ensure that your intake of them is mostly from low glycemic
index ones (slow digesting and released carbs) like brown rice,
oatmeal, pasta and sweet potatoes. Limit the higher glycemic complex
carbs (like cream of rice) and simple carbs (like bananas) for after
the workout when the body needs fast released carbs and proteins
in order to quick start the recovery and rebuilding process and
also to help refuel the energy stores (glycogen levels in the muscle
and liver) that have been drained. Also, ensure that you eat half
of your carbohydrates split between the times that the body is most
receptive to them, which is the morning time (first meal) and post-workout
time. The morning meal carbs will be complex, low glycemic carbs
while the post-workout meal will be half simple and half complex.
Also, make sure that you have around 15-20 grams of fibrous carbohydrates,
such as green beans or broccoli, at lunchtime and 15-20 grams more
at dinner time as these will help to keep your digestive tract clean
and ready to accept new nutrients.
key to increase lean muscle mass and "bulking up," is
to Increase your intake of good fats. Some fats are necessary to
ensure good hormonal production and thus muscle growth. Eliminate
all fats and see your testosterone levels take a dive. The body
needs fats like the omega essential fatty acids in order to ensure
proper hormonal production and brain function. These oils are essential
because the body cannot manufacture them and they help with many
things like enhanced recovery due to reduced inflammation, enhanced
nutrient partitioning due to their ability to neutralize enzymes
necessary for fat storage, which means more calories go toward muscle
production and less to fat.
Depending on your schedule and your level of experience, training
will take from 3 to 6 days a week. Each workout session should be
limited to no more than 60 minutes of intense weight training. More
time in the gym and your testosterone levels will suffer. During
the bulk up stage, cardiovascular exercise should be limited to
2-4 sessions per week of 20-45 minutes at the most.
Do not neglect the important aspect of rest and recovery. You need
7 to 9 hours of sleep each night in order for your body to run efficiently.
Deprive your body of sleep and you'll have lousy fat loss. As a
bonus, you also will experience muscle loss, which in turn lowers
your metabolism. You also get deprived hormonal production, which
makes it difficult to build muscle and as an added feature, you'll
have to deal with lower energy levels, making a quality workout
much more difficult.
By Stephanie Harter