WELL I AM STUFFED
If eating were a sport, which it is, I would be the King. Not to brag, but I can put it away when it comes to food. Where does it all go? Nobody knows.
My workouts were giving me a perfectly good excuse to eat tons of food. That’s what you’re supposed to do right? You workout hard, you eat lots of food to make up for it. So that’s what I was doing!
Pounds of chicken, cups of rice, and don’t get me started on the protein shakes. My stomach was definitely happy and content; there was just one problem…
The Scale Is a Jack Wagon!
This scale is obviously defective (that’s what I get for getting a scale from the bargain bin!). There is no way that I way this much after altering my diet for my fitness goals. How in the holy-Chuck-Norris did I gain 10 pounds in one week?
I’ve always read about how body builders will eat between 5,000-8,000 calories in one day. I’m barely eating about 4,000 and I’m about to have panic attack staring at this off-brand scale of mine. Someone’s playing a joke on me. It’s always been said that when you workout hard, you eat hard, right?
So Then How Did I Put on So Much Weight?
It’s hard for me to move upstairs, I get winded bringing in the groceries, and I’m looking a little rounder around the edges. That’s not supposed to happen! I’ve been pushing myself in the gym relentlessly. I mean honestly, I don’t spend a day without feeling sore. My lifts are getting heavier, my form is getting better, but my body is getting thicker.
As stated above: it’s always been a known consensus that when you work out hard, you’re supposed to eat more. That’s what I did! Where did I go wrong?
THE SCALE ISN’T WRONG
My biggest mistake was blaming the scale instead of accepting that I had made a mistake on my own free will. The scale doesn’t lie, people. That’s just a cold hard fact. The scale can either be your best friend or a cruel mistress, but she doesn’t lie.
My mistake, and maybe yours since you’re reading this, is that I didn’t research anything in regards to how much I should actually be eating. I had always assumed from body building magazines that I was supposed to eat as much food as I could get my hands on, but that simple wasn’t the case.
You Can’t Just Eat What You Want
Read that title again, “You can’t just eat what you want.” Eating what you want can land you into some serious trouble when it comes to your health.
If you’re eating too much protein, you would be seriously damaging your heart or your liver. If you’ve eating too many fats, you could be causing problems to your heart while also adding on a few extra pounds in the process. Add these two issues together, and you could cause serious issues like heart disease and diabetes to your body with constant abuse.
Sounds scary, doesn’t it? It could be easily avoidable.
How Many Calories Should I Eat?
Well, that’s sort of hard to answer when I don’t know you personally, dear reader. That question can only be answered through research, trial and error.
Everybody is different, and everybody reacts differently to their training session. With that being said, research should definitely be completed before anybody takes on a diet plan. When researching, check out how much the average person with your gender, height, and age requires in calorie consumption to function. From there you should be able to calculate in respect to both your workout and daily activities to accurately create an appropriate calorie count.
Eating the appropriate amount of food and calories is essential in reaching your workout goals. A body that is not used to working out or doesn’t have a lot of muscle does not require an extreme amount of calories in the beginning phases of a workout program. In retrospect, someone who already has a decent amount of muscle on their body and trains regularly could eat a high concentration of calories more consistently.
You know what you should do to avoid all of this nonsense, and start your workout and diet training the right way?
Do your research, get prepared, and get lifting!