Diet Plan for Building Muscle Mass

By: Derek Manuel

One of the major causes of failure when training to gain muscle mass is not so much in the gym as it is outside of it. Too often people think that the only time they need to be focused on building muscle mass is in the hour or so they spend in the gym. The truth is, we need to all be aware that more then half of muscle mass building is due to proper dieting; working out by without proper nutrition is a recipe for disaster.

They might plan in their MINDS to eat correctly, but without a plan written down most people simply can't get in the habit of dieting correctly. I can definitely admit that for a long time I was no exception to this way of thinking. When I finally sat down and got serious, I finally got to the core of why most weight trainers fail in this department: improper planning. Most of us can decide to start eating right, and some of us are even good at righting down goals and how we need to achieve them. But, if we don't construct a diet plan for building muscle mass on a day to day basis, this can be a plan for disaster for most of us.

The reason why we need to plan our meals before each day is because this is the best way to battle any of the major obstacles that keep us from being consistent. If you often find yourself hungry or even "starving" before a lot of your meals, such as caught up in long periods of time where you can't eat such as school or work, without proper planning you will often be tempted to eat something that doesn't align with your muscle building goals.

Hunger is one of the most intense and painful signals our body can give, and by not properly planning our meals we are setting ourselves up for failure. Along with sleep and water, eating is an absolute vital necessity for survival. That is why when we are deprived from any one of these necessities we find out real quick and rather painful by the way our body responds.

That is why when we are extremely tired we MUST sleep, or when we are extremely thirsty we MUST drink, and when we are extremely hungry we MUST eat. The pains from lack of these are too intense to bear for too long. So if we don't properly plan beforehand our meals each day, then the urge to just eat whatever is most tempting or convenient will easily overcome our goals for gaining mass.

On top of that our bodies are also designed for one single purpose: survival. Your body is designed to keep you alive and healthy, and it is important to understand that building muscle mass is definitely not its "default" or primary function. That is why it is important that you have a proper diet plan for building muscle mass and that you plan your meals on a day to day basis.

The better planned and prepared you are, the easier it will be to stay consistent with your diet. And the best part is that after we have created this habit after a few weeks, it will be just as easy to eat CORRECTLY as it was to just eat whatever was available; in other words, you are using the power of habit to your ADVANTAGE instead of disadvantage!

Follow some of these guidelines that will help you plan out your meals properly: First, plan on paper! Write in a journal your daily meals, at least a few hours in advance before your next meal, preferably the night before. Next, prepare your meals the night before and store them in separate plastic containers if possible so when your meal time comes it will be ready to go.

When you go grocery shopping go with a specific intent for your meals so you can plan out your week in advance, and I suggest you invest in some meal replacement shakes in case you have a busy schedule and are rarely at home - never leave home without a meal handy just in case! A simple and final tip to help your planning is to list out your ten favorite and simplest meals according to your diet so that you can rotate through them to avoid boredom and keep it interesting.

Remember, if you fail to plan then you can plan to fail. Make a commitment to yourself that you will not only train hard in the gym, but you will equally discipline yourself to plan your meals daily until this too becomes a habit and ultimately apart of your lifestyle. It still takes some brains if you want to build the brawn!

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