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Why Is Meal Planning So Important In Getting Big
Home Health & Fitness Exercise & Meditation
By: Zachary Ballar Email Article
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When I was first starting out on the road to gaining muscle. I was told to follow three simple rules. - EAT BIG, LIFT BIG, SLEEP BIG. I thought that sounds simple, so I piled on as much weight as I possibly could on the bars in the gym, I slept 12 - 14 hours per day, and I ate everything in sight. Guess what it achieved - A big fat dough boy.

The older I got, and the more I read, the more I realized the three simple rules, weren't meant to be taken so literally. Probably the biggest break through came when I started to plan my meals as much as I was planning what I was doing in the gym. It was actually pretty easy, I just looked at what food I was planning on eating in the week ahead, then I set myself a plan and food preparation plan and stuck to it.

To really stoke your metabolism, you should try to eat 6 meals a day, evenly spaced... every 2 - 3 hours. NEVER leave it for more the 4 hours

Try this on for size :

Wake at - 5,30 am

Breakfast - 6am

Smoke - 9 am

Lunch - - 12 pm

Snack - 3 pm

Dinner - 6 pm

Evening - 9pm

Now its nearly impossible to stuff as much solid food into your mouth to help fuel your muscles. So I supplemented 2 meals a day with a supplement - ie. Protein drink or Protein bar. I always make 3 meals per day a high protein based meal.

The other 3 meal's I ensure I eat, plenty of salad and vegetables. I make sure I eat white meat 3 times per week, and red meat 3 - 4 items per week.

Once per week I give myself a break, and eat what ever I feel like. My guilty pleasure is pizza. I keep away from really bad fast food - ie. McDonald's or hungry Jacks.

That's it, the attention is in the detail, planing your meals at the start of the week, will free up a lot of time you spend doing things that waste time, like spending hours on end in the shops, or prepping food during your busy week.

Anyone wanting to gain muscle mass, needs to attack it for several directions,

Meal planning is a big one, read this to find out why.

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