The 10 Things You Have to Get Right to Build Muscle (2022)

Building muscle is why most of us constantly return to the gym. It's the beacon of light that continues to drive our effort-driven workouts that many consider us crazy for, but how do we build muscle effectively? That's the question that trips up so many lifters.

That's because it's harder to build muscle than you might think. Building muscle isn't simply about going to the gym, and it's not simply about eating pounds and pounds of protein. To build muscle, you must push your muscles to the limit, then let them recover and grow stronger as they do. And to do this, you must create the proper recovery environment for them when you're not in the gym.

This means your quest to build muscle involves a host of variables over a 24-hour period. The things you do in the gym to push your muscles to the limit count. So does the "work" you put in during the other 20 or so hours when you're away from the gym, everything from rest to nutrition to active recovery. All of this can affect how you build muscle.

One of the best ways to get started is to understand and define what muscle-building actually is. Muscle hypertrophy is the increase in growth of muscle cells, and it's a process that's often kickstarted by resistance training. Essentially, you need to push your muscles hard, often by lifting heavy loads for reps, stimulating the release of muscle-growing hormones and other metabolites.

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Muscle hypertrophy is the adaptation our muscles experience from continual exposure to progressively overloaded forms of resistance training, which then results in an increase in our muscle fiber size, both in diameter and length. Essentially, muscle hypertrophy is the process through which our muscles get physically larger through the act of strategically consistent and harder workouts.

Remember, effort is one of the most definitive drivers of muscle gain over time. However, it's just one of the drivers. That effort needs to be coupled with a desire to push your body farther than you might think it's capable of. This is something called "progressive overload." If you're not familiar, progressive overload involves creating some form of increased, strategic effort based on the style of training you're doing. This doesn't mean going heavier and heavier with the weights in every set and every single workout, because sometimes, that's not possible. Over-focus on going heavy in every single workout, and you set yourself up for injury and disappointment.

No, progressive overload takes place over months and months of working out. Sure, if you're new to the gym, you may add major pounds to the bench press, partly because you're just learning the exercise. But the longer you're in the gym, the harder it is to make gains. This is why it's incredibly important to have a plan in place and build a framework for your training and nutritional habits that coincide with your goals. "Workouts without a plan just won't get you to the goals you want," says MH fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. "You need a strategy."

Note, your muscle building strategy doesn't need to be so rigid that it leaves no room for fun. In fact, you can still eat meals you enjoy, and you don't need to spend hours in the gym, as long as when you're training and fueling yourself strategically a majority of the time. The goal is to create a muscle building plan that is realistic for your goals and needs.

The tips below will help you—whether you're a beginner or somebody who's hit a frustrating training plateau—build muscle with a strategic and realistic means.

The 10 Principles of Building Muscle

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1. Maximize Muscle Building

The more protein your body stores—in a process called protein synthesis—the larger your muscles grow. But your body is constantly draining its protein reserves for other uses—making hormones, for instance.

The result is less protein available for muscle building. To counteract that, you need to “build and store new proteins faster than your body breaks down old proteins,” says Michael Houston, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at Virginia Tech University.

Shoot for about 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight, which is roughly the maximum amount your body can use in a day, according to a landmark study in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

For example, a 160-pound man should consume around 160 grams of protein a day—the amount he’d get from an 8-ounce chicken breast, 1 cup of cottage cheese, a roast-beef sandwich, two eggs, a glass of milk, and 2 ounces of peanuts. Split the rest of your daily calories equally between carbohydrates and fats.

2. Eat More

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In addition to adequate protein, you need more calories. Use the following formula to calculate the number you need to take in daily to gain 1 pound a week. (Give yourself 2 weeks for results to show up on the bathroom scale. If you haven’t gained by then, increase your calories by 500 a day.)

  • A. Your weight in pounds: _____
  • B. Multiply A by 12 to get your basic calorie needs: _____
  • C. Multiply B by 1.6 to estimate your resting metabolic rate (calorie burn without factoring in exercise): _____
  • D. Strength training: Multiply the number of minutes you lift weights per week by 5: _____
  • E. Aerobic training: Multiply the number of minutes per week that you run, cycle, and play sports by 8: _____
  • F. Add D and E, and divide by 7: _____
  • G. Add C and F to get your daily calorie needs: _____
  • H. Add 500 to G: _____. This is your estimated daily calorie needs to gain 1 pound a week.

3. Work Big, Not Small

Yes, biceps curls are fun, but if you want to put on muscle, you have to do more to challenge your body. And one key to doing that, says Samuel, is working through so-called "multi-joint" movements. "Yes, isolation training has value," says Samuel, "but it can't be the backbone of your training."

Instead, you want to do exercises that challenge multiple joints and muscles at once. Take, for example, a dumbbell row. Every row rep challenges biceps, lats, and abs. Using multiple muscle groups allows you to lift more weight, says Samuel, a key stimulator of growth (more on that later). And it pushes you to use muscles together, just as you do in real life. "Multi-joint moves are key in your workouts," he says.

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Make sure moves like squats, deadlifts, pullups, and bench presses are in your workout to take advantage of that. All will stimulate multiple muscle groups at the same time, and in order to grow, you want to do that.

4. Train Heavy

If you want to build muscle and strength, you have to train heavy, says Curtis Shannon, C.S.C.S. "Training heavy, safely and efficiently, has many benefits," says Shannon. "Heavy training challenges the muscles not only concentrically but eccentrically. If dont right, the stimulus of heavy weight going down with control and going back up will cause greater muscle tear and rebuild."

That means not every set you do should have you pumping out 10-15 reps. Yes, high-rep sets can have value, but for multi-joint moves like squats and bench presses, and deadlifts, don't be afraid to do sets of, say, 5 reps. That'll allow you to use more weight, building more pure strength, says Samuel. And as you progress, that new strength will allow you to lift heavier weights for more reps.

One way you can approach this in your training: Lead off every workout with an exercise that lets you train low-rep. Do 4 sets of 3-5 reps on your first exercise, then do 3 sets of 10-12 reps for every move after that. "It's the best of both worlds," says Samuel, "letting you build pure strength early, then pile up reps later."

5. Have a Drink First

A 2001 study at the University of Texas found that lifters who drank a shake containing amino acids and carbohydrates before working out increased their protein synthesis more than lifters who drank the same shake after exercising.

The shake contained 6 grams of essential amino acids—the muscle-building blocks of protein—and 35 grams of carbohydrates.

“Since exercise increases bloodflow to your working tissues, drinking a carbohydrate-protein mixture before your workout may lead to greater uptake of the amino acids in your muscles,” says Kevin Tipton, Ph.D., an exercise and nutrition researcher at the University of Texas in Galveston.

For your shake, you’ll need about 10 to 20 grams of protein—usually about one scoop of a whey-protein powder. Can’t stomach protein drinks? You can get the same nutrients from a sandwich made with 4 ounces of deli turkey and a slice of American cheese on whole wheat bread. But a drink is better.

“Liquid meals are absorbed faster,” says Kalman. So tough it out. Drink one 30 to 60 minutes before your workout.

6. Don't Always Go Hard

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Your body should move every day, but that doesn't mean your workouts should take you to fatigue and exhaustion. "If you train your hardest every day, your body doesn't get a chance to grow," says Samuel. "Pick your spots to attack." Aim to finish every workout feeling good, not dead. Limit your weight room workouts to 12-16 total sets of work, and never go beyond that.

This doesn't mean you can't take on a brutal workout every so often. But limit workouts that take your body to its breaking point to three times a week, never on back-to-back days. "You need recovery to grow," says Samuel. "Constantly training to the point of exhaustion will be counterproductive to the recovery you need for muscle growth."

7. Down the Carbs After Your Workout

Research shows that you'll rebuild muscle faster on your rest days if you feed your body carbohydrates.

“Post-workout meals with carbs increase your insulin levels,” which, in turn, slows the rate of protein breakdown, says Kalman. Have a banana, a sports drink, a peanut-butter sandwich.

8. Challenge Yourself with Progressive Overload

As we mentioned earlier, one major key to muscle-building is pushing your muscles to handle progressively greater challenges. In general, most gym-goers think that means you must lift heavier in every single workout. That's simply not the case, says Samuel. "There comes a point where it becomes harder to just put more weight on the bar," he says. "If that wasn't the case, everyone would be benching 300 pounds."

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Don't simply aim to add weight on every set of every exercise, says Samuel. But do work to improve in some way on every set of an exercise. "Even if you're not going up in weight, you can push yourself in different ways," he says. "You might do 10 reps of deadlifts this set. On the next set, instead of adding weight, do the same 10 reps, but do them with even sharper form."

Sometimes, staying with the same weight for all four sets on a day can provide plenty of challenge, says Samuel, especially when you're improving your execution every set. There are other forms of progressive overload too. You can decrease the rest time between sets, going from, say, 120 seconds to 90 seconds, or you can up the reps, or you can even do more sets.

"Aim to improve every workout," says Samuel, "but know that that improvement won't always look the same. I may deadlift 315 pounds today 4 times and not be able to add weight. But if I can squeeze out a 5th rep, or even do my 4 reps with more control than I did last week, I'm on the right track."

9. Maximize Time Under Tension

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One sometimes-forgotten way to progressively overload your muscles is to leave them under more of something called "time under tension". When you're muscles are working, whether they're under a bench press bar, or whether your biceps is working to curl a dumbbell upwards, they're under "tension" from the weight. You can feel this too: If you stand holding dumbbells at your sides, your biceps aren't under tension. The moment you begin to curl them upwards, you'll feel them flex against the "tension" of the dumbbells.

Experienced lifters often use this tension to their advantage. Instead of just lifting and lowering a weight (on say, that biceps curl), they lift with a specific tempo. They might curl up as fast as they can, for example, and then lower the weight for 3 focused seconds with good form on every rep.

Doing this leaves your muscles under tension for longer than a typical set, in which you might lift and lower the weight without any specific timing. And that extra time under tension during a set can help spark muscle growth.

Note that you can do this on almost any strength exercise. It doesn't work for explosive exercises, like kettlebell swings, snatches, and cleans. But squats, deadlifts, curls, pullups and pushups (and many other moves) can be tweaked to add more time-under-tension, pushing your muscles farther on every rep.

10. Sleep At Least 6 Hours

Sleep is often the forgotten variable in the journey to muscle. You spend plenty of time training, but what you often don't realize is this: When you're asleep, your muscles are recovering and your body is growing. It's also during this period that muscle-growing hormones are secreted.

You know by now that, ideally, you want to get 8 to 10 hours of sleep. That, of course, doesn't always happen, but you want to do what you can to maximize the quality of the hours you do get, if you can't hit 8 hours.

So think about your sleep setup if you're serious about muscle. Try to go to bed at the same time every day and try to rise at the same time every day. And sleep in a fully dark, fully quiet cool room. All these little things optimize sleep quality and that can have an underrated effect on your ability to build muscle.

The Whey To Go for Muscle Growth

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Drink this protein power shake before every workout.

Weight-gain powders seem like an easy solution to a skinny guy’s problems. After all, they pack as many as 2,200 calories into one serving. But you’re not getting what you pay for.

“High-calorie weight-gain drinks usually get more than 80 percent of their calories from sugar,” says Doug Kalman, R.D. And downing that much sugar can give you an upset stomach and diarrhea.

So, in a sense, you’re flushing good money down the toilet. “You’ll get much better results by spreading your calories throughout the day,” says Kalman.

And by using protein shakes. Look for whey protein powders at nutrition stores. Combine one scoop of the powder with the following ingredients and blend for a homemade muscle-building pre-workout shake:

  • 1 tsp olive or flaxseed oil
  • 1/2 c fat-free yogurt
  • 1 c grape or apple juice

Stats per shake: 335 calories, 27 gram protein, 45 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fat

Want more protein-packed muscle-building goodness? Check out these healthy shake recipes.

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Jake Boly, C.S.C.S.

Jake Boly, MS CSCS, is the Co-Founder of Pheasyque Lab, That Fit Friend, and works as a consultant for other fitness professionals trying to build websites and brands.

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What are the things required to build muscle? ›

Eight tips to help you build muscle mass
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  • Eat every three hours. ...
  • Eat Protein with Each Meal to Boost Your Muscle Mass. ...
  • Eat fruit and vegetables with each meal. ...
  • Eat carbs only after your workout. ...
  • Eat healthy fats. ...
  • Drink water to help you build Muscle Mass. ...
  • Eat Whole Foods 90% of The Time.

What is the 10 best exercise? ›

Keep the fuss to a minimum and stick with the basics.
  1. Lunges. Challenging your balance is an essential part of a well-rounded exercise routine. ...
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  4. Standing overhead dumbbell presses. ...
  5. Dumbbell rows. ...
  6. Single-leg deadlifts. ...
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  8. Side planks.

How can I build muscles fast at home? ›

How to Build Muscles Fast At Home without Weights
  1. Running or Jogging. It's too easy, right? ...
  2. Push-ups. Push-ups are an effective and efficient way to build muscles in our upper body, trains all upper form of body muscles like arms, back, Shoulders and chests. ...
  3. Crunches. ...
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  5. Pull-Ups. ...
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How do muscles get stronger? ›

The Physiology Of Muscle Growth

After you workout, your body repairs or replaces damaged muscle fibers through a cellular process where it fuses muscle fibers together to form new muscle protein strands or myofibrils. These repaired myofibrils increase in thickness and number to create muscle hypertrophy (growth).

What are 10 exercises for flexibility? ›

10 Exercises to Improve Your Flexibility
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  • The Forward Hang. ...
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  • Butterfly Groin Stretch.
Mar 8, 2022

What exercises for what muscles? ›

Day 1: chest, shoulders, triceps, forearms. Day 2: calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes. Day 3: biceps, back, abdominals, traps, lats.

What should I eat for muscle gain? ›

Muscle building foods for gaining lean muscle
  • Eggs. Eggs contain high quality protein, healthy fats, and other important nutrients like B vitamins and choline ( 1 ). ...
  • Salmon. Salmon is a great choice for muscle building and overall health. ...
  • Chicken breast. ...
  • Greek yogurt. ...
  • Tuna. ...
  • Lean beef. ...
  • Shrimp. ...
  • Soybeans.
Feb 26, 2019

What are 5 activities for muscular strength? ›

Examples of muscle-strengthening activities include:
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  • working with resistance bands.
  • heavy gardening, such as digging and shovelling.
  • climbing stairs.
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  • cycling.
  • dance.
  • push-ups, sit-ups and squats.

Which exercise is good in morning? ›

Power push-up is one of the most simple morning exercises you can do at home. This exercise will help you lose weight, improve your metabolism, and strengthen your muscles. It uses nearly every muscle in your body and prevents injury. Push up your chest, arms, and legs to a notch to boost up your morning.

How can I fit my body? ›

If you want to start your journey to having a better body to feel great, here are some tips:
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Which exercise is best for belly fat? ›

There are many exercises out there, but not all are created equal when it comes to banishing belly fat.
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Some great cardio of aerobic exercises for belly fat include:
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  • Running.
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  • Rowing.
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What muscle grows fastest? ›

Is there no one group of muscles that always grows the fastest? Speaking very generally, the largest muscle groups in the body tend to respond the quickest to training in terms of their development. This makes sense because they're the easiest muscles to overload with heavy weights.

How can I get big muscles in 2 weeks? ›

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  2. Increase you protein intake. According to ACSM , in order to increase muscle mass, it is recommended that a person eat a range of 1.2 to1. ...
  3. Stay Hydrated. ...
  4. Get 7 or more hours of sleep each night. ...
  5. Tone it up!
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What's the 7 minute workout? ›

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How fast does muscle grow? ›

Most beginners will see noticeable muscle growth within eight weeks, while more experienced lifters will see changes in three to four weeks. Most individuals gain one to two pounds of lean muscle per month with the right strength training and nutrition plan.

What are signs of muscle growth? ›

How to tell if you're gaining muscle
  • You're gaining weight. Tracking changes in your body weight is one of the easiest ways to tell if your hard work is paying off. ...
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  • Your body composition has changed.
Mar 27, 2021

How fast can you gain muscle? ›

How fast can you build muscle? Under OPTIMAL conditions, you can expect to gain around 1-2 pounds of muscle per month. We've found that for most Rebels here in the Nerd Fitness Rebellion (our community), closer to one pound per month is the reality.

What is the best exercise for balance? ›

Ways to Improve Your Balance
  • Tai Chi. 1/12. ...
  • One-Legged Stand. 2/12. ...
  • Weight Shifts. 3/12. ...
  • Yoga and Pilates. 4/12. ...
  • Heel-to-Toe Walk. 5/12. ...
  • Back-Leg Raises. 6/12. ...
  • Knee Curl. 7/12. ...
  • Toe Stand. 8/12.
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What are 7 flexibility exercises? ›

7 simple stretches to become more flexible
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  • 02/8Standing Hamstring Stretch. ...
  • 03/8Piriformis Stretch. ...
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  • 05/8Butterfly Stretch. ...
  • 06/8Seated Shoulder Squeeze. ...
  • 07/8Side Bend Stretch. ...
  • 08/8Knee to Chest Stretch.
Jun 14, 2019

How long should I stretch a muscle? ›

The greatest change in ROM with a static stretch occurs between 15 and 30 seconds;13,14 most authors suggest that 10 to 30 seconds is sufficient for increasing flexibility. In addition, no increase in muscle elongation occurs after 2 to 4 repetitions.

How do I get explosive legs? ›

6 Exercises To Build Explosive Leg Strength
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  3. Power Clean. ...
  4. Jumping Lunges. ...
  5. Medicine Ball Throw. ...
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How can I test my power? ›

Standing Long (Broad) Jump Test — jump off two legs for maximal distance, a measure of leg power. Standing Triple jump — hop, step and jump, starting from a standing position. 3-Hop Test — three consecutive horizontal jumps, taking off both legs at once.

How do I get power in my legs? ›

Combining running and walking with strength training and other forms of aerobic exercise like swimming, elliptical training and cycling can add variety to your workout and can greatly improve your performance. Sports like soccer and basketball are great for improving leg power as well.

What workout should I do everyday? ›

Best 5 Day Workout Schedule:
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  • Day 2: Back + (Light) Biceps.
  • Day 3: Core + Forearms + Calves + Cardio.
  • Day 4: Shoulders + (Heavy) Triceps.
  • Day 5: Legs + (Heavy) Biceps.
  • Day 6: Rest (Light core workout as an option)

What exercise hits the most muscles? ›

Squat. The squat is the king of all exercises. Squats hit most muscle groups in the body, with emphasis on the core and large lower body muscles. The more muscle mass and motor units recruited during an exercise, the better the exercise for burning body fat, and the squat is the best of them all.

What are the 3 types of muscular strength? ›

Although there are many types of strength, there are only 3 kinds of muscle strength. These are concentric strength, eccentric strength and static strength.

Which fruit is best for muscle gain? ›

Bananas, dates, and raisins are excellent fruits for muscle development. These are the most calorie-dense choices, which will help you achieve the calorie excess required to grow. They are also rich in potassium and antioxidants that contribute to the reduction of swelling and muscle cramp during exercise.

Does milk build muscle? ›

Milk consumption acutely increases muscle protein synthesis, leading to an improved net muscle protein balance. Furthermore, when post-exercise milk consumption is combined with resistance training (12 weeks minimum), greater increases in muscle hypertrophy and lean mass have been observed.

What should I eat at night to build muscle? ›

These 4 healthy late night snacks are ideal for muscle growth
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Oct 28, 2019

How many eggs a day for muscle gain? ›

Answers (8) Yes your trainer is right .. for muscle development, you need to have atleast 7-8 eggs in a day. You may take first set of 1 whole egg along with three whites once in the breakfast and then you may consume another set of 1 whole egg with 3 white after your workout regime.

What should I not eat when building muscle? ›

These include: High-fat foods: High-fat meats, buttery foods and heavy sauces or creams. High-fiber foods: Beans and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower. Carbonated beverages: Sparkling water or diet soda.

Which food makes your bones and muscles strong? ›

Good sources of calcium include:
  • milk, cheese and other dairy foods.
  • green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and okra, but not spinach.
  • soya beans.
  • tofu.
  • plant-based drinks (such as soya drink) with added calcium.
  • nuts.
  • bread and anything made with fortified flour.

How do you test muscle strength? ›

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What are 2 health benefits for building muscular strength? ›

Benefits of Muscular Strength and Endurance
  • Increase your ability to do activities like opening doors, lifting boxes or chopping wood without getting tired.
  • Reduce the risk of injury.
  • Help you keep a healthy body weight.
  • Lead to healthier, stronger muscles and bones.
  • Improve confidence and how you feel about yourself.

What time of day is best to workout? ›

“Exercising at 7 a.m. or between 1 and 4 p.m. helps your circadian clock to 'fall back' in time, making it easier to wake up earlier,” Heisz says. If you need to train your body to wake up later in the morning, try working out between 7 and 10 p.m. “The best time to exercise is when you can fit it in,” Arciero says.

What should I eat before workout? ›

What to Eat Before a Workout
  • If you are eating 30-60 minutes before: It is recommended that you eat a high carbohydrate, moderate protein, and low fat snack before exercising. ...
  • If you are eating 2-3 hours before: It is recommended that you eat a high carbohydrate, high protein, low fat meal before exercising.

What are 10 ways to stay fit? ›

  1. Measure and Watch Your Weight. ...
  2. Limit Unhealthy Foods and Eat Healthy Meals. ...
  3. Take Multivitamin Supplements. ...
  4. Drink Water and Stay Hydrated, and Limit Sugared Beverages. ...
  5. Exercise Regularly and Be Physically Active. ...
  6. Reduce Sitting and Screen Time. ...
  7. Get Enough Good Sleep. ...
  8. Go Easy on Alcohol and Stay Sober.

How can I improve my fitness fast? ›

High Intensity Aerobic Training (sprints or interval) 2 or 3 x per week, 15-30 minutes max: Ensure this is on different days to your steady state. These sessions should have short rest periods between sets, and include both compound and explosive movements.

What are 10 ways to keep your body healthy? ›

Here are 20 practical health tips to help you start off towards healthy living in 2020.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Consume less salt and sugar.
  • Reduce intake of harmful fats.
  • Avoid harmful use of alcohol.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Be active.
  • Check your blood pressure regularly.
  • Get tested.
Dec 31, 2019

What are the 5 foods that burn belly fat? ›

7 Foods that Burn Belly Fat
  • Beans. “Becoming a bean lover can help you lose weight and whittle your middle,” registered dietitian Cynthia Sass told Today. ...
  • Swap your beef for salmon. ...
  • Yogurt. ...
  • Red bell peppers. ...
  • Broccoli. ...
  • Edamame. ...
  • Diluted vinegar.

How can I lose face fat? ›

How to Lose Face Fat: 8 Effective Tips
  1. Do facial exercises. Facial exercises can be used to improve facial appearance, combat aging, and improve muscle strength ( 1 ). ...
  2. Add cardio to your routine. ...
  3. Drink more water. ...
  4. Limit alcohol consumption. ...
  5. Cut back on refined carbs. ...
  6. Get enough sleep. ...
  7. Watch your sodium intake. ...
  8. Eat more fiber.
Nov 25, 2019

What should I eat for muscle gain? ›

Muscle building foods for gaining lean muscle
  • Eggs. Eggs contain high quality protein, healthy fats, and other important nutrients like B vitamins and choline ( 1 ). ...
  • Salmon. Salmon is a great choice for muscle building and overall health. ...
  • Chicken breast. ...
  • Greek yogurt. ...
  • Tuna. ...
  • Lean beef. ...
  • Shrimp. ...
  • Soybeans.
Feb 26, 2019

How can I build muscle naturally? ›

Eight diet tips to help you build muscle mass
  1. Breakfast will help build Muscle Mass. ...
  2. Eat every three hours. ...
  3. Protein with Each Meal Helps Boost Muscle Mass. ...
  4. Eat fruit and vegetables with each meal. ...
  5. Eat carbs only after your workout. ...
  6. Eat healthy fats to help build Muscle mass. ...
  7. Drinking water helps you build Muscle Mass.

Can I build muscle without protein? ›

Protein is important, to be sure. After all, your muscles are made of protein, and your body requires adequate protein in the diet in order to have the building blocks it needs to build up muscle mass. But protein alone won't do. You need to pay attention to the rest of your diet and exercise routine as well.

How can I get big muscles in 2 weeks? ›

5 Effective Tricks to Build Muscle in 2 Weeks
  1. First off, DETOX! Time to flush out toxins! ...
  2. Increase you protein intake. According to ACSM , in order to increase muscle mass, it is recommended that a person eat a range of 1.2 to1. ...
  3. Stay Hydrated. ...
  4. Get 7 or more hours of sleep each night. ...
  5. Tone it up!
Jul 15, 2021

How many eggs a day for muscle gain? ›

Answers (8) Yes your trainer is right .. for muscle development, you need to have atleast 7-8 eggs in a day. You may take first set of 1 whole egg along with three whites once in the breakfast and then you may consume another set of 1 whole egg with 3 white after your workout regime.

What should I not eat when building muscle? ›

These include: High-fat foods: High-fat meats, buttery foods and heavy sauces or creams. High-fiber foods: Beans and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower. Carbonated beverages: Sparkling water or diet soda.

Which food makes your bones and muscles strong? ›

Good sources of calcium include:
  • milk, cheese and other dairy foods.
  • green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and okra, but not spinach.
  • soya beans.
  • tofu.
  • plant-based drinks (such as soya drink) with added calcium.
  • nuts.
  • bread and anything made with fortified flour.

What muscle grows fastest? ›

Is there no one group of muscles that always grows the fastest? Speaking very generally, the largest muscle groups in the body tend to respond the quickest to training in terms of their development. This makes sense because they're the easiest muscles to overload with heavy weights.

How fast can I gain muscle? ›

How fast can you build muscle? Under OPTIMAL conditions, you can expect to gain around 1-2 pounds of muscle per month. We've found that for most Rebels here in the Nerd Fitness Rebellion (our community), closer to one pound per month is the reality.

How do you get big muscles fast? ›

How to Build Muscle (Fast)
  1. Increase Your Training Volume. ...
  2. Focus on the Eccentric Phase. ...
  3. Decrease Between-Set Rest Intervals. ...
  4. To Grow Muscle, Eat More Protein. ...
  5. Focus on Calorie Surpluses, Not Deficits. ...
  6. Snack on Casein Before Bed. ...
  7. Get More Sleep. ...
  8. Try Supplementing With Creatine ...
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What food is full of protein? ›

Protein foods
  • lean meats – beef, lamb, veal, pork, kangaroo.
  • poultry – chicken, turkey, duck, emu, goose, bush birds.
  • fish and seafood – fish, prawns, crab, lobster, mussels, oysters, scallops, clams.
  • eggs.
  • dairy products – milk, yoghurt (especially Greek yoghurt), cheese (especially cottage cheese)

Can u gain muscle without eating? ›

To make gains you have to have the right nutrients in your body to construct muscle. This means that what you eat, and how much, is essential in making muscle gains. Lifting and doing strength training without adequate nutrition, especially without enough protein, can actually lead to loss of muscle tissue.

How much water should I drink a day to gain muscle? ›

To gain muscle, drink 15 to 20 ounces of water for about 2-3 hours before exercising, then add another 8 ounces of water during warm-up. Continue taking 7 to 10 ounces of water every 10 to 20 minutes. Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water for every pound lost post-workout.

What is the best exercise to build muscle? ›

The best way to build muscle is to perform compound exercises which recruit multiple muscle groups. According to Zack George, personal trainer, gym owner, and the UK's fittest man, there are five main movements to focus on. These are deadlifts, squats, pull-ups, bench press, and shoulder press.

How much protein do I need to build muscle a day? ›

To increase muscle mass in combination with physical activity, it is recommended that a person that lifts weights regularly or is training for a running or cycling event eat a range of 1.2-1.7 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day, or 0.5 to 0.8 grams per pound of body weight.

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