Muscle Gains : Do you eat enough ?

Here is a typical situation:

A guy comes into my office and asks me how to gain mass ??

I tell him to train hard and eat enough. ( A very broad advice)

Him to answer me: ''I eat a lot, I have an intense hunger, I finished the plates of others, etc .... ''

By going deeper into the discussion, I quickly realize that his answer refers to a few epic cheat meal nights. You might cheat like an ogre, but that's not what makes you gain mass. While you eat an x-large pizza all by yourself, you skip the 2 or 3 other meals of the day because you feel too full from your previous meal. 

Gaining muscle mass means eating a lot, at every meal of every day (sometimes 5, 6 or even 7 times a day) and staying consistent every day without missing any meals.

At some point in your weight gain, after pushing calories from day to day, your appetite may begin to decrease, at the point where it becomes difficult to progress. This is a normal and frequent reaction of the body, which is moving away from homeostasis.

The more you push your weight upwards, the more difficult the progress will be. Your body will seek to regulate its parameters by decreasing your appetite (through different hormones). You had an appetite for 5000 calories, and now eating 4000 is a challenge.

To help you pass this challenge, there are some things that I discovered over time and I will share them with you. Be careful, some of the supplements recommended here are '' off the record '' as one might say. Nothing bad, but not usual.

Decrease your vegetables intake

We must understand each other here, I will never tell you to cut your vegetables, they are too much important to go without. On the other hand, if you really have a higher caloric intake, the chances of getting enough fibers and micronutrients are quite high.

Of course your carbohydrates should include potatoes, oatmeal, fruits, grains like ezekiel bread that contains a lot of fibers. Vegetables take space in the stomach and are also water-based, so more bulky in digestion.

Save space by reducing your intake of vegetables. For those worried, I suggest adding a fiber supplement before bedtime.

Liquid meals are sometimes better

There comes a point where sometimes a meal in liquid form is better. Example: Using 2 measures of protein to replace your 225 grams of chicken, accompanied by natural almond butter, as well as oatmeal all blended can give you a very high calorie meal, nourishing and allowing you to move on to the next meal in a short time.

Of course, I always recommend complete animal meat, but if you are on a high calorie diet, there is a good chance that you will not miss any nutrients in your diet.

Echinacea

We used it to combat cold and sore throat, contains a mimetic substance endocannabinoids called alkylamides. For your information, the active ingredient of endocannabinoid marijuana increases appetite by attaching itself to specific receptors in the brain (the famous food trip).

It turns out that there is another class of compounds called alkylamides which echinacea contains in good concentration, can allow the same action and stimulate your appetite. A dosage of 400 to 600 mg up to three times a day should be sufficient.

The helping hand with digestion:

Start your day with hot water and lemon, add apple cider vinegar to your meals. Fermented cabbages such as sauerkraut also prove their benefits in digestion, to consume 10 to 15 minutes before a meal. Add digestive enzymes. The goal here is to make the digestion process faster.

In extreme cases:

If you've made a good portion of your gains and still need a few pounds to reach your goal (always considering that you have a respectable fat level and use the previous tips), antihistamines are a viable option. not dangerous for short-term use. Why ? Histamines can block hunger.

In many cases, using a low-dose antihistamine at bedtime can stimulate hunger and allow the addition of a meal or a few extra calories, and its use is completely legal. I recommend taking it at bedtime since antihistamines makes you mostly sleepy.

Here are a few quick tips that can get you a few more pounds. But remember, a real weight gain is by no means a fast food diet. The more quality foods you stack, the better your health and fitness will be. Think quality and not only quantity.

Article written by : Stéphane Aubé - HUNGRY FOR VICTORY