Are Popular Weight Gain Diet Plans Detrimental To Bodybuilding Progress?

By: Francesco A. Castano

Numerous bodybuilders pursue weight training to enhance self confidence levels, with some being overweight and needing both muscle gain and fat loss, while many others start bodybuilding significantly under what they feel is a comfortable body weight, and because they consider themselves to be excessively thin, decide to pursue weight training with the hopes of completely rectifying this unwanted trait. The common places they visit for help are either Internet web sites or bodybuilding magazines that provide weight gain diet techniques, and the feeling is, by adopting such eating techniques when coupled with regular weight training, the body will begin to dramatically gain weight, and appearance will greatly improve.

The problem with such thinking is that many variables are required when producing an effective muscle building diet and workout plan, and when a weight lifter wishes to gain weight, he or she is not also searching for a larger waistline or another chin, but rather lean muscle gains, which will improve appearance and boost body weight. Although many weight gain diet routines are designed to accomplish their stated goal, which is to increase body weight, many adopt this as proof that such a diet system is worth pursuing, but doing so fails to ponder that the type of weight gained may be in the form of fat. A weight gain diet technique may easily produce more body fat increase than muscle gain if designed improperly, and because of this, the term "weight gain diet routine" can easily define rapid, unnecessary and undesirable body fat gain.

Unfortunately, many bodybuilders are oblivious to this fact, and follow common bodybuilding weight gain diet plans without any doubts, trusting that such diet techniques will lead to improved self confidence. Yet, in reality, they find that although the scale increases regularly, mirror appearance begins to worsen as the body accumulates large amounts of fat, which is diametrically opposed to achieving bodybuilding results. Despite this fact, many bodybuilders adopt such weight gain diet techniques, believing that if they remain dedicated, their goals will become a reality, and if body weight continues to climb, there is no need to switch paths.

But after some time passes with such flawed weight gain diet practice, a bodybuilder will begin to feel as if confidence is declining, but for a much different reason, as body fat levels have hidden newly built muscle tissue, and destroyed all definition, creating a physique that is far from pleasing. If a bodybuilder continues to believe that he or she must weigh a magical body weight to have achieved success, then body fat will remain, and the goal of developing an attractive physical appearance will essentially become impossible, unless the bodybuilder's diet methodology is significantly altered.

The most important point to remember is that common weight gain diet plans overload the body with carbohydrates, causing a quick boost in body fat percentage, instead of properly combining fat, carbohydrates and protein for consistent muscle growth, without dramatic expansion of body fat levels. In many cases, body fat will need to rise as muscle is gained, since many metabolisms cannot enhance muscle mass without a moderate level of fat accumulation, but commonly followed weight gain diet strategies fuel the largest amount of fat gain, as compared with providing a properly balanced approach that offers consistent muscle building, while minimizing body fat increase. The more body fat that is accumulated throughout the weight gain process, the longer a bodybuilder must waste burning fat in the future, and the quicker he or she will reclaim that body fat in the future due to training fat cells to store a far higher quantity of body fat than otherwise would have been possible through following a properly structured bodybuilding weight gain diet plan.

So, when attempting to rectify a thin frame, never forget that the goal is to produce muscle gains and control body fat levels throughout the process, which requires avoiding common weight gain diet plans which you will find plastered in the pages of bodybuilding magazines, and instead consume nutrients properly so that the body can receive sufficient food for dramatic muscle gains, without the accompanying body fat intrusion. The worst possible scenario for a bodybuilder is to spend much time aiming for added muscle mass, while following a haphazardly designed weight gain diet plan that causes body fat to encompass the vast majority of weight gained, so make sure to consider the importance of a correctly designed weight gain diet plan prior to embarking on a bodybuilding voyage.

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