Nutrition

10 Metabolism-Boosting Tips

Get ripped and add muscle year-round, minus the annoying diet.

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1. EAT SIX TO EIGHT MEALS PER DAY

There is a good reason that you see bodybuilders lugging around coolers filled with Tupperware containers of food: “Bodybuilders should consume multiple meals a day to support muscle mass,” Mike says. “Consuming frequent meals will help bodybuilders keep their bodies stocked with nutrients and calories.”

Action Plan: To take in six to eight meals each day, follow a daily schedule along these lines.

Wake-up protein shake: 7:30 a.m.

Breakfast: 8 a.m.

Midmorning snack: 10:30 a.m.

Lunch: 1 p.m.

Pre-workout shake: 4 p.m.

Post-workout shake: 5:30 p.m.

Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

Late-night snack: 10 p.m.

2. YOU CAN EAT MORE THAN YOU THINK

One side effect of decreasing calorie consumption too much is that it also slows the rate at which your body is able to burn body fat. In other words, decreasing calories alone often works against your goal of burning body fat.

“Many competitive strength athletes consume more than 5,000 calories a day,” Mike says. “This helps them grow and keeps their metabolisms running efficiently.”

Action Plan: Consume enough calories to fuel muscle growth without adding body fat. One of the best ways to do this is to keep meals fairly moderate in size but consume many of them throughout the day.

 

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