Beginning Muscle Building. What Should I Eat?
will k asked: I'm planning to start working out again at the gym. I'm 14, around 6 foot and I weigh about 145 lbs. I'm skinny, so I'm mostly muscle and no fat. I'm very athletic so I can't really gain weight. Before or after my workouts, what should I eat or drink? Should I buy muscle building supplements?
My answer: You have to begin eating a lot. You have to create a positive caloric balance – which simply means eat more than you expend.
And it's hard. It really is. Believe me when I say I used to be like you – all muscle, no fat, but the muscle I had was little. I was skinny.
It felt like I was going to eat until I exploded. I'd go periods of time where I just wasn't hungry, followed by times where I couldn't get enough to eat.
My metabolism was on a roller coaster. I couldn't gain a pound.
And if I gained a pound, I'd lose it just as quickly as I'd gained it.
So I began eating 8 times a day, about 30-40 grams of protein at each feeding. I stopped running. I stopped moving almost entirely. I had to stop worrying.
I thought more training was better. It's not. I cut my training down a lot – down to 3 times a week on a split routine, so in any given week the MOST I trained any bodypart was twice.
But I lifted heavy. Few sets, low reps, high weights.
Focus on getting stronger. Once you're stronger, you can lift heavier weights in your bodybuilding routines.
But the key is eating a lot. Supplements are your friend.
But don't eat weight gainers – they fuck up your metabolism. The sugar kills your gains. Use something like MetRx instead. Trader Joe's carries it and it's not terribly expensive.
Mix one scoop with 8 ounces of whole milk. Drink one before and after your workout.
And eat all damned day long! Try GOMAD.
Consider eating right before going to sleep, too. Doing that will usually make you hungry in the morning, so you can eat more.
The name of the game is calories, and protein is your friend. Sugar is your foe.
FYI – Lou Ferrigno was 6'5, about 140 pounds when he started bodybuilding 🙂