When it comes to building muscle, women don’t always have it as easy as men—mainly because we don’t have as much testosterone (the key hormone involved in muscle building). However, the good news is that women have the same propensity for protein synthesis as men, which means if we provide the body the right nutrients, it will increase lean mass! And, YES, a workout designed for muscle growth is important, but even more important is the diet. (Check out my previous post, on why you can’t build muscle.) This post will help you construct a proper muscle building diet plan.
Many bodybuilders put a lot of focus into the details of their nutrition. Learn how these 10 principals can promote muscle growth and balance.
TO BUILD A bigger and leaner physique, bodybuilders and average guys alike often turn to the same strategy: eating everything in sight, or “bulking,” and then burning fat, or “cutting,” by reducing calories and eating cleaner to reveal the new muscle beneath. It works, but it takes time and can cause you long-term damage on a cellular level—and it can make it very hard to stay lean over the long term.
You already know this, but sitting all day long is seriously not good for you. Sedentary behavior is correlated to poor health and can increase your risk of developing everything from heart disease to diabetes and even cancer. As badly as we might want to avoid these outcomes, the reality is that a lot of us simply don’t have the time or ability to spend all day on our feet.