There’s a whole lot of information out there on the internet these days. Anyone can get on the internet and just write a bunch of articles claiming to have the magic formula, that you should eat this much of this and none of that.
This information, or should I say misinformation, has led a lot of people astray, especially beginners, and that is why I am here to tell you to stop making these mistakes and you will notice a great improvement in your results.
You Drink Too Many Shakes
The bulk of your daily calories should come in the form of real solid foods, period. Gaining muscle or losing fat isn’t just about getting your protein and carbs in, there’s a whole lot of vitamins, minerals and other macronutrients that you just can’t get from shakes. Whole foods are a complete source of nutrition and should consist of at least 80% of your calories. Protein shakes are incredibly convenient, but should only be used when you are truly crunched for time or you genuinely have a hard time hitting your daily protein goals. Which brings me to my next point.
You’re Obsessed with Protein
This goes against a lot of the information out there but the truth is that you don’t need to consume as much protein as the magazines will have you believe. 1gram of protein per pound of bodyweight is more than enough for most people and even that is too much for some. For the average joe, 0.75g per pound will suffice. If you are chemically enhanced, however, that’s a different story.
Instead of obsessing over your protein, ensure that you have a proper balance of carbohydrates and fats because these will help you to recover faster, build more muscle, improve your workouts and improve your hormonal balance.
You’re Eating Too Many Calories
This sort of goes hand in hand with the previous point but you also don’t need to consume massive amounts of calories to gain muscle. After a certain point, the excess calories just turn into ugly fat, which takes a long time to get rid of and is one of the reasons why people get stuck in an endless cycle of bulking and cutting without achieving either successfully.
Start with just 300 calories above your maintenance levels and if after 2 weeks you don’t notice any change, increase it to 500, so on and so forth. Immediately consuming mass amounts of calories will just destroy your digestive system and will leave you a bloated mess.