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Sep 10, 2019 22:13:26

My Struggle in Gaining Lean Muscle [1]

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For as long as I can remember I've always dreamed of having big massive arms.  But for as much as I've tried over the years, I just had never been able to accomplish.  I believe this may be due to multiple factors:  My height and body type, having a fast metabolism, no proper weight training and not dieting correctly. 

After reflecting upon this one day I realized that I will only get to live once.  And from the years that I have left, only a few can be used to build significant muscle.  Upon realizing the scarcity of time, a sense of urgency was born within me to make this dream a reality.  

Through hours of research online reading article after article about what it takes to build massive arms one thing became very clear:  I had not been putting enough emphasis on having a diet that is conducive to muscle growth.  

In fact, I've found that about 60% of the work happens at the kitchen:  Dieting and eating the right amounts of nutrients that will foster lean muscle development. And I have been completely ignoring this fact and pretending that weight lifting and drinking protein alone would be enough to do the job. 

So it is fitting that, for me, the workout part of my routine has been the easiest one to maintain; I have no trouble getting myself to the gym and once I'm there, my coach takes care of kicking my butt and making sure I put in the reps.

Where I've struggled most, is in keeping a diet that is supportive of the amount of muscle growth I expect to see (for me this is 0.5Lbs per week on average).

In order to achieve this weekly goal, I calculated the amount of calories I must consume per day as well as a percentage breakdown by fats, proteins and carbohydrates.  And, in the spirit of putting the concepts I learned by reading "Atomic Habits" into practice, I further broke down the daily amount into how many I must consume per meal (For those not familiar with the book, the idea is to break down a habit into such small steps that completing the smallest step possible is very easily achievable and can lead to a chain of victories that compound).

This piece of information is valuable, because it allows me to identify the meals that can potentially be combined on a daily basis in order to achieve my daily and weekly goals.  

However, staying consistent with planning all my meals for the week and following through with preparing them or sourcing the ingredients has been the challenging part for me:   Most times I end up having to buy the meal from a restaurant or cafeteria because I did not prepare it ahead of time for myself.  

This, in turn, has led to higher than expected costs for keeping this diet... not something that has stopped me from keeping the diet going, but definitely something I need to watch because it can get out of control :/

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