Weight Gain Secret: Muscle Building Techniques For Vegans.

The Possibilities Of Building Muscle As A Vegan

Physical activities can help in building muscle.

As long as you are consuming the right nutrition with high protein, you don’t have to be a meat-eater to build muscles. Building up your muscles is 80% from your diet while the remainder 20% comes from your physical exercise and training. To lose fat and build muscle you have to eat correctly.

This will be your first and main priority before moving to your physical activities. If you got diet fixed and in check, you are a step closer to building up muscle. That being said building muscle as a vegetarian is a daunting task and a complex one due to the fact you would have a restriction to the certain food that you have access to eat.

Diet Plan Tip: To build muscle, eat at a surplus and do resistance training.

The Essential Nutrients

Determining your vegan diet plan is significant to determine on what you can and should eat and how you can consume it. Just like any ordinary people that have fixed their diet plan, as a vegetarian it is best to track the calories of everything you eat during the entire day. As a vegetarian, your protein requirements will vary from the usual diet plan that ordinary people practice.

If you are strength training then you would probably need to take protein supplement with the addition to your personal diet. There are various types of protein based foods that you can consume such as hemp protein, soy, rice protein and gemma protein. Egg or whey protein are viable options too if you are not a vegan that avoid foods produced by animals or animal products in any way.

Diet Plan Tip: When it comes to protein consumption, always be conscious of eating various sources of nutrients for a complete distribution of amino acids.

These vegetables contain above 4gms of proteins per cup.

The Significance of Vegetable Protein

There are various significant factors to look into when it comes to the consumption of vegetable protein. Studies showed that the anti-nutritional factors which are commonly found in soy and other vegetable protein have negative effects in human nutrition. These are substances or compound which act to reduce the intake of nutrients, absorption, and utilization and may produce other adverse effects. Hence, it is highly significant to keep in mind that a higher consumption of vegetable protein is required to gain the same effect of a usual consumption of protein.

The best vegetable protein powders you could consider are as follows:

Whey protein: One of the best choices for vegetarians especially for muscle builders. Moreover, it helps with cutting down excess weight and supports the overall of your health. Whey protein can be easily absorbed and digest into your body.

Additionally, it is an ideal choice for people who are lactose-intolerant as it tolerable compared to other protein powders.  If you’re a veganism that is refrained from consuming any dairy products, whey protein is clearly not your choice at is derived from cheese production.

Brown rice protein powder: Is a good option if you can’t opt for whey protein as they are gluten and dairy-free. They are packed with high levels of antioxidants and nutrients to support weight loss.

 Hemp protein: It contains a complete amino acid profile while it is easy to digest and it helps with pre- workout as it won’t cause stomach issues while you are exercising. Moreover, hemp is a safer plant source of protein in general as it is cultivated using the organic agricultural method.

There are various nutrient-dense foods that you can gain protein for your plant-based diet. Vegetables such as avocado, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes and boiled peas can be your staple vegan diet. Legumes especially lentils and beans which have been the foundation of various diet plants is a plant that you could consider. They are high in protein and dietary fiber.

Moreover, they are mainly feel-good foods for satiety, balancing blood sugar, maintaining weight and energy. Last but not least nuts and seeds can be incorporated into your snack or meal diet plan as they offer high amounts of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Planning Out Your Diet!

“Planning out your Diet!” is being self-aware with what you eat and how much you eat daily. The optimized way to do this is to calculate the calories of everything you consume during the course of the entire day with the use of a calorie tracking application or a pen and paper. Suffice to say if you wish to gain muscle, you basically need to eat over your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE).

If you are losing weight at the same time while building muscles, it is best to remain conservative by staying within 500 calories above or below, respectively. TDEE calculator will only project out the estimated daily caloric needs, hence you need to track your daily calorie intake and compare that to your weight loss/gain to determine a more personalized approach.

Adjust your daily intake and reassess for the next few weeks, repeat this step until you are losing weight at the
motion determined by your own daily deficit.

Diet Plan Tip: The best meal plan is always going to be one that you create yourself

Home Workout: It’s Not as Difficult as You think.

In our endeavors to try to gain weight in a healthy way, we always forget that muscle building is a necessity. This is where exercises come in. Home workouts covers up for the stresses and pressures of muscle building. How do I mean. Working out from home can be both cheap and comfortable considering its in comfort of your home. And it doesn’t have to be difficult.

We tend to assume that people working out in their living rooms or at home gyms when the term ‘ home workout’ comes up. Home means’ indoors’ and so we conclude that most likely a home workout would take place in one of the house’s spaces.

But this is not always the case.In fact, the best way to do home workouts is often to train outdoors, and for that there are a few good reasons. Read on to find out what they are…

What is Functional Strength?

The principle of functional strength is that you are trying to build strength in a real-life environment that you can actually use. This means that the strength you have developed can convert to better lifting when you’re moving house. This is sometimes seen in the context of evolution – What kind of strength is designed for our body to develop?What kind of strength would be effective when we were in the wild for hunting, foraging and building?

It’s often said that the best way to build functional strength is to perform bench presses and deadlifts. That way, you can train in a way that you are using many muscle groups in conjunction and combining that with good form, good grip strength and more. These are compound ‘big’ lifts and they tend to get universal applause.

This is the reason why you need to start training in your garden! Not only will training at home yard help you to build more muscle by challenging yourself in unique ways every single time – such that you never plateau but it will expose you to training in different weather conditions, environments and it will ensure you’re getting an excellent dose of vitamin D. In short, this is far much healthier for you and it poses a unique challenge.

So on sunny days, step out of your home gym and try lifting some logs or bricks in the garden, or performing chin ups from that tree! You can jog round the garden, skip or even just try moving a pile of bricks from one side to the other. With extra space and less chance of breaking things, you can also get a lot more creative with the way you’re training out here!

3 basic items to kick start your home gym.

Weight gain home workouts
Home gym with dumbbells, bench etc. For your home work outs.

Building your home gym doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t need to take up a lot of space. In order to create one you can use to work out from home, you just need to work smart and you need to fulfill a number of specific requirements. Read on and we’ll look at some of the ways you can do this without breaking the bank. Basically, it comes down to just buying a few items, each of which is highly affordable and can be easily stored to avoid taking up too much space.

  1. Pull Up Bar

The first item you’re going to need is a pull up bar. Before you purchase a pull up bar, you’ll be able to train almost every muscle group using only your own bodyweight. The only exceptions to this are muscles involved in pulling. That means  your biceps and your lats, which require you have something to hang off of should be considered.
And that’s where the pull up bar comes in. With a pull up bar, you’ll be able to start performing not only pull ups but also chin ups, rows and even hanging sit-ups. This then means that you really can train every muscle group, even if you are still limited to using only bodyweight.

2. Dumbbells

With dumbbells, you can now start using weights and you will be able to train every single muscle group. Dumbbells simply allow you to add a weight to either hand, which means you’ll be able to perform not only curls but also dumbbell presses, shoulder presses, tricep kickbacks, tricep extensions, upward rows, shrugs, weighted squats, lunges and all manner of other exercises. Finally, nearly anything you would normally be able to do with a barbell can be done with a pair of dumbbells – as well as a lot more besides.

What is important for your long term success here is that you have enough weight that will allow you to up the challenge as you progress. The greatest news, is that you can purchase dumbbells that have adjustable weight which will allow you to add and remove weights plates as required in order to consistently keep increasing the challenge.

3. Bench

All that is left is to add a bench, I mean a weights bench. Preferably one that will allow you to change the angle. This way, you can then perform not only dumbbell presses and flyes, but also isolation curls (sitting with your back supported by the bench), incline and decline presses, shoulder presses and all the other things using much heavier weights.
With just these three items, you can now effectively have everything you need to create a fully functional home gym. In case you desire  to progress, this will offer enough challenge to keep you on your toes and keep you growing!

Of course where you choose to expand from is then up to you.

Some Unique and Powerful Exercises to Add to Your Home Workout.

Building muscle and  working out is usually all about keeping things varied. You need to continue challenging your body and that means avoiding reaching a plateau at all costs.
The major problem though is that finding ways to train from home can sometimes be challenging. Of course you can not stock your home with quite as much gym equipment as the typical gym and even the sheer weight can end up costing a lot of money.

As such, you need to get a little extra creative in order to get the most from your home workouts and sometimes this will mean thinking outside of the box and trying to come up with unique training ideas.

Here are a number of exercises that you may not have thought of but which can be very effective at building muscle from the comfort of your own home…

  • Calf Jumps

Training your calves from home can be tricky unless you have a lot of weight to pile onto your dumbbells. A perfect solution is to use ‘calf jumps’ which train the explosive fast twitch muscle fibers. The idea is to simply jump while keeping your entire leg straight. This means that you’re generating all of the power from your foot and your calf. This can be a surprisingly effective workout!

How to do jumping squats.
  • Jumping Squats.

Jumping squats are equally as effective and something a lot of people just don’t think of. Just squat  and allow your knees to bend 45 degrees and at the top of that squat, jump up in the air!

  • Crawls.

There are a variety of crawls you can do which include bear crawls, Spider-Man crawls and more. These are great as they keep a constant time under tension while at the same time training your ‘contralateral coordination’ as you are moving all your limbs at different times. They are a great form of functional training and something you can do across the garden!

Spider man crawls.
  • Drag Curls

These should be performed with either dumbbells or barbells, an alternative way to try using your dumbbells. Just curl the weight, but by dragging the weight upward instead. This means your hands are pointing slightly more toward the ground at the beginning and then come directly upward but the pivot in your arm is still going to be the elbow joint. This makes curls a little bit easier, which in turn makes them great to round off a drop set.

  • Burns

Burns is one of the most deadly words in all of weight training. Burns are exercises you perform as a last option when you have nothing left to give and nothing left in the tank. Here, you are simply doing as much of the exercise as you can still do. So if you can only bob up and down on the ground after a number of press ups – that’s all you do. It’s a good way to finish off the muscle, it’s exhausting but also creates a real flood of blood and metabolites to finish you off.

The last piece of the puzzle -Diet

Finally, you need to think about the final piece of puzzle: the diet. Because whether you’re working out at the gym or at home, your diet is one of the MOST important factors for ensuring that the maximum benefit from your training is achieved.

Likewise, diet is crucial whether you want to lose weight or build muscle – though the strategy will change.

Note: Building muscle MAKES you burn more fat, even when you’re resting. That’s why running and using resistance training is so good for creating a lean and toned physique and when you combine this with the right diet, you are attacking your fitness and your health on all fronts. The hard part is just putting this into practice.

Monitoring all the calories coming in and out of your body takes a long time and is rather joyless, so for most people it will be sufficient to make a strong estimate instead. Likewise, you can make life easier for yourself if you eat a relatively consistent healthy, high caloric breakfast and lunch.
If you do that, then you’ll be able to avoid having to calculate how many calories are in those meals on most days – it will be enough to just guestimate how much is in your dinner and then add that to the total. Keeping a consistent breakfast and lunch is much easier because these are functional rather than social meals – we tend to eat them when we’re on our own rather than out with friends.

Protein shakes.

It is also a good idea to include protein shakes to your diet. A good protein shake should be able to add to your diet especially if your main agenda is to build muscle or add weight. This is because it is generally agreed that for each pound of muscle mass, the optimal intake of protein for muscle growth is one gram. For a lot of people, that’s going to mean 170 grams plus and getting that naturally is hard work in your diet. Protein shake is simply a useful and convenient way to help this process, but that’s exactly what it is– a’ supplement’ diet and not a meal substitute.

And there you go –create your home workout and try working some of these into your routine and that should give your muscles a bit of a wakeup call!

Why Your Exercises are Missing the Mark- You are Gaining weight Instead.

Cycling is an aerobic activity, which helps your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout.

You started your exercise routine, squeezed a week of sweat in a few solid days, and a balanced diet full of nutritious food. You feel like you’re well on your way to tipping the scale, but when you finally step on, the numbers say otherwise.

Well, listen up: You’re not alone. Research indicates that while some individuals lose weight alone as a result of practice, most individuals do not. There are many variables involved in weight loss, including some lifestyle decisions and health practices that can lead you to lose weight put on pounds even when you’re putting in the work. Here are some reasons you might not be seeing the results you wanted from your workout:

1. You might have a health issue.

If you’ve really been exercising, eating right, and getting enough sleep, but notice that your weight just keeps creeping up, you might want to see a doctor, says Machowsky.

Thyroid problems and certain medications can cause you to gain weight, no matter how much time and effort you put into eating healthy and working out. So if you’re feeling extra frustrated, don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor. They can rule out more serious health problems.,

2. You’re giving the number on the scale too much attention.

There are a variety of reasons you shouldn’t mind the number on the scale as much. There are days when you eat and drink differently, sweat more because of the workout you’re doing or the temperature outside, sleep less from stress, etc. The list goes on. The number on the scale could teeter for all of these reasons.

Instead, take a step off the scale and assess the other benefits you might have gained from your newfound exercise routine. Do you have more energy? Do your clothes fit a little looser? Do you feel stronger carrying groceries or putting a suitcase in an overhead bin? Are you feeling all-around happier, more motivated, or less stressed? Did your overall health improve? These are the benefits of exercise that matter more than the pounds you’ve lost—and that should keep you motivated.

“It’s ultimately about how you’re feeling,” says Jason Machowsky, RD, CSCS, clinical supervisor of performance services at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. “Look for other measurements of exercise working—weight is not the only measure of success.”

3. You are not lifting weights

Cardio raises your metabolism more, spiking rates of hunger, but weight training provides a powerful way to counter this, Armul suggests. “Moreover, you’re actually burning more calories at rest when you gain muscle from lifting,” she suggests. “Lifting weights tends not to increase your appetite as much as your cardio, and it improves your metabolic rate by accumulating lean muscle mass.” Even better, concentrating on strength training can assist you live longer— and even better pay-off than shedding a couple of pounds.

4. You’re eating more calories than you’re burning.

It’s super common for your appetite to turn up just as your fitness hits full blast, says Torey Armul, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In fact, a June 2019 study from the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people tend to lose less weight than expected when they exercised because of an increase in appetite—and an increase in energy intake.

“When you start working out, your body starts burning more calories,” Armul explains. “And when you burn more calories, your body naturally wants to compensate by eating more calories to make up for what you’re burning.”

What’s more, people tend to overestimate how much they burn in a workout. Armul suggests keeping logs of how many calories you burn in a gym session, as well as tracking your food intake. Fitness trackers I.e Fitbit and Apple Watch will guide and tell you calories burnt during exercise, while weight loss apps like MyFitnessPal offer easy food recording. You definitely don’t need to write down these numbers for months, but try a week or two just to see how your stats line up.

Armul also says it’s a red flag if you’re exercising only so you can eat more. “That’s a good theory, but you don’t want to use eating as an excuse to exercise,” she says. “Make the goal getting healthy or fit or increasing athletic ability—not doing it just so you can eat more.”

5. Your before or after workout snacks are not the perfect choices.

As your appetite increases from burning more calories, it’s easy to reach for pre-packaged and processed foods that contain simple sugars, says Armul. But instead of filling your hunger with chips, cookies, or crackers, go for healthy post-workout snacks, such as fruits, veggies, lean protein, and healthy fats, so you get filling nutrients and likely in smaller portions.

While it’s beneficial to eat something after a workout to recover and rebuild, you don’t always have to consume something. If you ate lunch or a mini meal an hour before you exercised, you probably don’t need something post-sweat, too.

On the flip side, if you don’t eat before your workout because you’re waiting for that post-activity re-fueling window, you might be left absolutely starving after exercise. That’s also a safe bet for gaining weight. Reaching a state of extreme hunger tends to cause people to overeat, says Machowsky, so keep your satiety levels in check.

6. You are eating too much carbohydrates and proteins.

Marathoners may need to load carbohydrates prior to the actual big day, but if your runs last less than an hour, you don’t necessarily have to fill in carbohydrates— the same goes for protein. Most Americans actually already have enough protein in their diets, Armul says, so you don’t have to concentrate so much on having so much of it — even if you’re weight training. “People like talking about protein because it’s vital, but if you consume too much, you’ll gain weight because it’s going to be additional calories,” she suggests.

7. You are drinking very little water.

“I believe individuals forget how much more fluid they need to exercise— you need to make sure your liquid needs are met,” suggests Armul. Almost always we, mistake hunger for thirst so plan to increase your water consumption as your workouts are pumped up.