Why You Crave Junk Food

muscle,building,crave,muscle,buildingIn your quest for the perfect body (or at least the most fit and muscular physique you can manage) you’re confronted with a variety of obstacles. Diet is of course, one of them. Why is it so hard to stay on a muscle building diet? Why is it so easy to cheat?

In addition to the reasoning that a diet must be a lifestyle change, and not a temporary change to the way you’re eating, there’s another important factor that’s often disregarded.

That factor is taste.

Most people have a hard time staying on diets because quite honestly, the food just doesn’t taste as good. This is why most Americans eat too much junk food. IT TASTES GOOD. Seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it. Our bodies crave that experience of eating that juicy hamburger and feeling of satisfaction afterwards.It stands to reason therefore, if we could get our diets to just taste better, we may be able to stick with them. This is what the cooking course, “Anabolic Cooking” is all about. There are a lot of recipes included and the best thing is THEY TASTE GREAT. That in itself will help you stay on your muscle building diet and get closer to the results you desire.

Find out more about that course by going to the recipes and meal plans page HERE.

Apart from written recipes, there are many things you can do with food to make them taste better – and they all don’t have to do with adding fat.

Here are some suggestions:

1. USE SPICES: Many people often neglect spices – even salt a pepper, which should be used on most food. That’s a mistake. Spices can turn bland food into a great tasting dish. The key is knowing which spices to combine with which foods to give the best taste. Here are some suggestions:Italian Spices – Garlic, Oregeno, Basil, Pepper – combine with any meat, chicken, pork, beef, and fish.Mexican Spices – Cumin, Red Pepper Flakes, can be combined with cloves and cinnamon for a great taste – use for chicken, beef or fish tacos, burritos or fajitasGrilling Spices – any number of spice blends on the market make for excellent tasting grilled food. You can even use them other food, such as vegetables and eggs. I’ve used McCormick’s “Montreal Steak” seasoning on many vegetable dishes, eggs, and even potatoes. Great!Use Your Creativity- experiment and think outside the box.

2. USE JUICES: To prevent food from becoming dry, especially lean meats, add juices or any other ingredient that has a high liquid content. Lime juice goes well with many dishes, as does a small amount of lemon juice. How about adding fresh chopped tomatoes (including their juices) to dishes? Use olive oil to saute, a healthy oil that adds flavor and juiciness to food. How about wine vinegar? Another flavor enhancer.As you can see, there are thousands of foods and combinations out there to add to your muscle building diet. You should educate yourself, think outside the box, and experiment with new and unique combinations.

Doing this will elevate your muscle building diet to new levels and you just might enjoy it and stay on it.

Your Best Muscle Building Diet – Make Progress By Measuring Muscle And Fat

muscle,building,progress,measuring,muscle,muscle,buildingIf you’ve read anything at all about nutrition and building and the perfect muscle building diet, you know you should be paying attention to what you’re eating. Putting on extra pounds is good if those pounds are muscle mass. However, if the weight is more fat than muscle, this is probably not the result you desire.

Have you ever looked around the gym and noticed weight lifters looking more “bulky” rather than “muscular”?

How do you know if you’re added weight is muscle or fat? How do you monitor your fat versus non-fat weight so you don’t fall into the same trap? There is a simple way to tell.

See my posting on Achieving The Right Balance for more info on what you should be eating and when.

First you’ll need to know your percentage of body fat. There are many methods to measure this important figure, but for the purposes of this site, the best one is by far using calipers to do the measuring. Since your a weight lifter, you’re probably going to a gym where you can have a professional perform this test. Doing it at home is also a possibility and there are calipers you can purchase, such as AccuMeasure MyoTape MT05 and AM-3000 Fitness 3000 Personal Body Fat Tester Kit that will a fairly good job.

However, for the most accurate results, measurements should be taken at several different sites on your body, over the course of time. This is best performed each time by the same qualified person.There are other methods as well, such as the “U.S.Navy Method” where you use a tape measure to determine the size of different parts of your body and plug the figures into a formula. Or expensive tests done at doctors or fitness offices using elaborate machines. Some are more reliable than others. Some are more expensive.Once you know your percentage of body fat, you’ll want to calculate how much of your total weight is fat, versus non-fat (lean muscle, organ tissues, water, etc.)

Simply take your total weight and multiply it by your percentage. This is your total fat weight.

Then take your total weight, subtract your body fat weight, and the result is your non-fat weight.

EXAMPLE:  Body weight = 200 lbs   Percentage of body fat = 15%   Total fat-weight = 200 x .15 = 30lbs.Total non-fat weight = 200 – 30 = 170 lbs.

Now that you know your fat versus non-fat weight, it’s important to keep track of the numbers over time, as you train. By doing this you’ll get a good idea of your progress. As you put on weight (and you should if you’re goal is building muscle mass), doing these calculations will give you an idea if your weight gain is more muscle or fat. Once you know this, you’ll be able to adjust your diet accordingly.

For instance, using the above example, if your weight increased to 230 lbs, your fat-weight is still 30 lbs, and your non-fat weight is 200lbs. you’ve just increased your muscle weight by 30 lbs. and added 0 fat. On the other hand, if your fat-weight is now 35 lbs. and your non-fat weight is 195 lbs. you’ve added 25 lbs of muscle mass and 5 lbs. of fat.

This is a great way to keep track of your progress.