Posted on November 18, 2014
When you’re dieting for mass or fat loss, an easy way to formulate a plan is to think about dieting for the body you want, not the body you currently have. This can help you adjust caloric intake and your training to fit your goal. Essentially, the pieces become part of the larger puzzle. Meaning, if you favor your diet over your training (or vice versa), you won’t get the outcome you want. However, these tips can help you put on mass the right way …
To keep your energy up you need to feast on plenty of carbs. (FYI: the best pre-workout supplement, Pre Game Formula, and our Energy Formula are two more great ways to ramp up energy.) Simple and complex carbs — fast and slow-digesting carbohydrates, respectively — should be consumed with a couple of things in mind: when are you going to train, and how far out from your training are you? Closer to your workout, a quick-digesting carb may provide the energy boost needed, whereas a few hours out a slow-digesting carb that provides lasting energy may be the answer.
If you’re not seeing results, step back and look at your program as a whole. Are you eating, sleeping, and training enough? If the answer is yes, consider a weight gainer supplement. Just keep in mind that it’s going to be more calories, so first try keeping your diet as-is before sucking down a weight-gainer. Also, as we mentioned in a previous P4 blog about creatine, its use can lead to putting on water-weight. It’s nothing to be concerned about, but it’s something to keep in mind.
Smaller meals eaten throughout the day is go-to advice to ward off hunger cravings and keep metabolism moving. But all of our bodies are different, so it’s on you to experiment and note what eating methods works best for you. For starters, try eating every three hours. If it’s not working, adjust that or add more snacks — a handful of peanuts, almond butter with an apple, etc. — into your day.
Scale Back Your Cardio
We know, it’s not a diet tip per say, but it goes hand-in-hand with your diet, and it’s important to know that if you want to build mass you need to cut back on cardiovascular work. Why? You’ll end up burning too many calories. Thing is, cutting back on cardio needs to be factored into how much food you’ll be taking in to achieve your goal.
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Sometimes honest companies that put countless hours, money, and research into making quality products that are safe and help athletes achieve their best, get overshadowed by a few bad apples who put profits over peoples’ health. Case in point, last month’s workout supplement fracas involving Redline White Heat and OxyTHERM Pro.After a news report called into question a stimulant used in both [...]
You want more impressive ups? A good sports supplement can help, but you will also need to work on explosive movements, as well as strengthening your glutes, calves, and the muscles around your hips. Still, all of that is secondary to establishing your jump form. Just like running, bench pressing, or throwing a football, your mechanics and form will determine just [...]
After you take your pre-workout supplement and before you hit the gym hard, you should always warm up. Never skip your warm-up. No matter how rushed you are, don’t to it. Spending 10 or 15 minutes preparing your body by loosening up your muscles, joints, and ligaments can help you avoid injury and lead to better [...]
Creatine is a naturally found in poultry, red meat, and fish. Available in powder, liquid, and pill form, it’s also one of the most popular and widely-used sports supplements on the market. Why? Because creatine is safe and effective, and produces impressive results. But before you take it, you should know a little bit more about it …#1. Creatine Can Boost [...]
You can run a thousand laps on the track, religiously take your sports supplements or squeeze out hundreds of extra reps in the gym, but it will make no difference — a sloppy diet will make you look, feel, and perform sloppy. An easy go-to meal when you want to eat healthy? A salad. Trouble is, [...]
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Benefits of Circuit TrainingScurrying from station to station during a circuit training program has plenty of benefits. A huge one is how easily you can incorporate weight training, resistance training, and bodyweight training into one workout session. So if you’ve been slacking on hitting the circuits, it might be time to get with the program. Here’s four more reasons [...]
A visible six-pack is a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle. In other words, so long as you eat clean and train hard and keep your body fat low, a shredded midsection should follow suit.So abs training is a waste of time, right? Wrong. Training your abs — and more importantly, your core — is critical [...]