How to Use a Diet Plan to Gain Muscle

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The proper diet plan can help you increase muscle gain exponentially. Power up your diet and muscles with help from a personal trainer in this free video.

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Hi, this is Jason Morgan with Muscleworx Fitness in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. Today, we're going to discuss proper diet plans to increase muscle. When you utilize a nutrition plan to gain muscle, the first thing that you want to make sure that you do is consult with a registered dietitian or nutritionist to make sure that your plan is proper for your goals. If you have an excessive amount of body fat, you may want to consider losing some of the body fat before considering actually packing on pounds of muscle. When designing your nutritional plan, you want to make sure that you're feeding the muscles while keeping the fat or as little fat off of your body as possible. We want to have higher amounts of protein, good sources of carbohydrates coming from whole grains, fruits and vegetables to fuel our body through our workouts and provide the necessary building blocks for the muscles that we're working at each particular workout. A good sampling for a muscle building meal, let's say for somebody who is a hard gainer, that person is going to have a good lean source of protein, chicken, fish, lean cuts of red meat. A hard gainer is probably going to ingest more carbohydrates to help fuel his body and add a little bit more muscular weight. Whole wheat pastas, fruits and vegetables are going to be your best sources of carbohydrates. You can throw in some breads. I don't recommend that you get processed breads. Try to get fresh baked breads, Ezekiel Bread which is a whole sprout bread is much better for you than say a processed bread that you would find on the traditional grocery store shelf. Someone who has an excessive amount of body fat is probably not going to take in as many carbohydrates at each meal. So, they may eat more fruits and vegetables with a larger portion of protein at each meal. So, you may have, you know, a larger portion of chicken. Double up on your fruits and vegetables and the only time that you would take in a starch may be bracketed around your workout so maybe the pre-workout and the post-workout meal. But those are a couple of examples to get you started on a muscle building program. Please remember these tips are just to provide basic information. Always consult with your health care provider and a fitness consultant before beginning any diet or exercise program.


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