Looking to bulk up and add lean, quality muscle mass to your frame? Well then, like most men, you’re most definitely not alone. Every single week, men from all over the world, hand over their hard earned money to sports supplement companies, and purchase various supplements that can help them build muscle in a matter of weeks. Whilst these supplements can be beneficial, they most certainly are no substitute for real food. Another common mistake that many men tend to make, is to eat 2 or 3 meals per day, and load up their plates with food in the evening, as they think this is the best way of bulking up and building muscle. It isn’t. In actual fact, big eating or eating 5 -7 small meals per day, is the most effective way of building muscle, boosting your metabolism, and losing weight in the process.
Why is eating several small meals per day so beneficial?
Metabolism is the key here. Your metabolism is like the engine that drives your body. Your body needs energy to do absolutely everything. People think that physical exercise and activity is the only reason that the body needs energy, but this is just not true. Inside our bodies, there are hundreds upon hundreds of different chemical functions going on, constantly throughout the day. Blood is being circulated from the heart, to the lungs to get oxygenated, and then is being transported to all of the major organs and muscles in the body. To complete this function, the body needs energy. When we digest our food, the body needs energy in order to make it happen. Protein synthesis, the conversion of sugar into energy, the conversion of fat into energy, these require energy to be carried out. You want to know what else requires energy? The building and strengthening of muscle tissue inside the body.
When we exercise with weights, we destroy the tiny fibers and connective tissue inside our muscles. When we rest, the body has to re-build these fibres and tissues, bigger and stronger than they were before. Think of it like a wall. It might be windy, and the wall may blow over. People would then rebuild the wall even bigger and stronger the next time, so as to try and protect it from a strong wind again. Again it may get blown over, and again it will be rebuilt bigger and stronger. In order to rebuild that wall, a lot of hard work would be required. Well, it’s no different inside our bodies. We need constant energy and nutrients in order to rebuild broken down and damaged muscle tissue. If we don’t have the energy or nutrients, the muscle begin to atrophy and permanent damage can be done. By eating small meals throughout the day, we are constantly keeping our metabolisms running.
Imagine the metabolism as a furnace. To keep it burning and providing energy, you need to keep adding fuel to it, fuel in the form of nutrients from the food we eat. If you add too much in one go however, as many people tend to do with large meals, then the furnace would struggle to get through it one go, and would actually struggle to get back up to temperature, thus slowing down the production of energy. Add small decent sized amounts however, and it burns at its hottest, thus providing even more energy. Small healthy and balanced meals throughout the day help to keep the metabolism ticking over and running at its highest capacity. That means we build more muscle, our bodies become more efficient internally, we burn more body fat, and we have more energy in the process.