Have you been killing yourself in the gym lately? Mixing up your workouts, trying different things, pushing your muscles to the brink? If you’ve been doing everything you know you should be doing, but STILL cannot add the kind of muscle your efforts should be bringing about, today’s post is for you. Most of you guys know by now that adding muscle to your frame, regardless of your fitness goals, is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Not only is it going to help you create a lean, athletic physique, it’s also going to turbo charge your metabolism, help you burn more calories, and generally speed up your entire body transformation. Simply put, building muscle is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.
Now, if you’re like the many people out there who are having trouble getting past their beginner gains – the gains that come so easily, then suddenly grind to a halt after a couple of months – then it’s time to re-evaluate some aspects of your muscle-building approach. As you’ve probably realized, building muscle is about so much more than varying your workouts and bumping your weights at regular intervals. There’s another piece to the puzzle that must be put into place before you’re going to go from kind-of-fit-but-still-soft-around-the-edges, to tight, toned, and lean with curves in all the right places. Today, I’m going to show you what that piece is, and how you can easily, quickly, and most effectively incorporate into your life, and get started on building the muscle your body craves.
The Reason You Can’t Build Muscle
In reality, there are a multitude of reasons why you can’t build muscle, but for our purpose’s today, I’m going to assume a couple of things….
- You maintain a good variety amongst your strength workouts
- You continually challenge yourself by trying new exercises and increasing your weights accordingly
Consider the above two prerequisites to any successful muscle-building program. If you’re having issues with either of those two, stop,, do not pass go, do not collect two hundred dollars, and return to our handy dandy muscle building guide for beginners.
If on the other hand, you’re feeling pretty good about your muscle-building strategy, but are still having issues developing the body you want, then it’s time to listen up. The reason you aren’t building muscle is very likely because you aren’t giving your muscles the fuel they need to build new muscle tissue. You see, when you do a hard workout that really pounds your muscles, you’re actually breaking that tissue down. Muscles grow and become defined in the days after a tough workout – they repair themselves and grow back stronger and more massive. Allowing this break down/build up process to occur is how you’re going to finally build that bubble butt, or build a six-pack, or accentuate the definition in your legs. It’s the basis for making any and all of the muscular gains you’re working for.
The problem is, if your body doesn’t have the means necessary to build this new tissue, it’s simply not going to build new tissue. Of course, recognizing this problem isn’t exactly ground-breaking; the standard advice is: “eat more calories”. But it’s just not that simple – eating more calories is simple in theory, but often incredibly difficult in practice.
Why You Can’t Just Eat Your Way to Muscle Growth
The advice, “Just eat more calories” is a little misleading. Sure, you could go out, eat Burger King every night, pack in the calories, and end up with a caloric surplus. And yes, your muscles will probably grow….but unfortunately, so will your gut. Eating enough calories to pack on muscle but NOT fat, is like walking a tight rope. Anyone can stuff themselves with excess calories, but finding the right balance that brings on muscle growth and not unwanted fat is what separates the super fit from the average Joe.
We could talk about macronutrients, proper caloric ratios, and a bunch of other stuff you’d probably end up forgetting by the end of the day – so in an effort to make things as easy and painless for you to digest, I’m going to show you the easiest and most effective way to get those extra calories required for muscle growth WITHOUT adding squishy bulk to your waist line.
I’ve created a little recipe that is the ideal muscle-building meal, can easily be taken anywhere with you, takes no time at all to make, and supplies a hefty dose of protein, other vital nutrients, and even cancer-fighting antioxidants. So stick with me and I’ll show you exactly what I’m talking about and how it’s going to change the way you’ve looked at eating forever.
Say Goodbye to Endless Eating
Typically, anyone trying to gain lean muscle mass has found themselves endlessly eating throughout the day. And as anyone trying to gain lean muscle has probably realized, this is extremely tough to maintain over the long-term due to expense and the ridiculous amount of time associated with meal prep – it’s also dangerously easy to overdo it and end up with +15 pounds of body fat in the blink of an eye.
I wanted to make getting an excess of proper nutrients as easy and painless as possible. By limiting the path of resistance, it’s more likely you guys are going to follow this advice . And believe me, I understand how much of a pain this can be. Even for myself, I have an issue with the endless eating that is so often recommended for those of us with muscle-building goals. There HAS to be an easier way, and that’s what I set out to investigate.
That easier way, as it turns out, has come in a golf ball-sized treat that is as tasty as it is healthy and effective at helping you add real muscle mass to your body.
Power Balls…Get Your Power Balls Here!
I did a little research and found a series of ingredients, that when combined, would deliver an unbelievably tasty and healthy snack, perfect for anyone with muscle-building goals. Not only is prep time ridiculously quick, this recipe is also ideal for those on a budget. Forget expensive weight gainers or the endless eating – what I’m about to show you trumps all of that.
So without further adieu, let’s check out the recipe that’s going to jump-start your lean muscle growth and transform your body into exactly what you’ve been working towards…
- 1 and 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/3 cup coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed meal
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 heaping scoop of your favorite protein powder
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey, maple syrup, agave (optional)
Makes roughly 20 balls.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well blended
- Form mixture into balls, roughly 1″ in diameter
- Store in Tupperware or airtight container in the fridge.
That’s it. It really can’t be more simple than that. The entire process from opening the oats to putting your newly created power balls into the fridge shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.
Now that you see how easy it is, let me give you the cold hard numbers and show you why these balls really are the easiest, and most effective way to add calories into your diet and speed up your muscle growth.
Given the recipe ratios above, each serving size, i.e. one power ball, should net you right about 130 calories. Depending on your personal body type, metabolic needs, and muscle goals, it’s easy to estimate how many balls you should add to your diet. As far as how many of these power balls you should be eating every day, that depends. Based on your own personal goals, body type, and metabolic response, the number of extra calories you need to build muscle will vary. Your best course of action is to experiment, slowly increase the number of power balls you’re eating each day, and see how your body responds.
You’re going to be getting a healthy dose of heart-friendly fats, antioxidants found in chia and flax seeds, as well as a kick of protein. So not only are these power balls great for your muscle-building aspirations, they’re also really great for your overall health and well-being.
Rather than continue to stuff yourself with all sorts of food as you try to build a toned, athletic body, consider opting for something, quick, easy, and deliciously tasty and give these power balls a shot.
Have any questions, comments, or concerns? Leave a comment and let’s hear about it below!