Weight Gain Diet Plan – Zoom in on our dietary advice to gain muscle and our four gourmet snack recipes to make you happy while eating while following your sporting goal.
Don’t think that a muscle-building diet program means munching on fast food and eating anyhow. On the contrary, your muscles need a lot of calories from your metabolism when you spend in the weight room or at home, with our personalized sports coaching program, to work the muscle groups of your choice. A diet based on animal proteins (red meat) or vegetable proteins (legumes) is essential to gain muscle mass during your sports training.
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Weight Gain Diet Program: What to Avoid
Before we get into the details of nutritional advice for building muscle mass, let’s now look at what to avoid eating while on a muscle-building diet program.
Ban Sweet and Ultra-processed Products from Your Diet
Sodas, pastries, candies, ready meals, or other ultra-processed foods are banned from your diet to ensure muscle growth. Without going overboard, these industrial products do not promote optimal mass gain. Indeed, these hyper-concentrated carbohydrate products will rather bring you fat gain. No more Netflix parties and pizza delivery if you want to succeed in your weight gain program! The overconsumption of carbohydrates leads to weight gain, you risk developing cardiovascular diseases.
Lipid Intake: Bad Fats to Avoid
Trans fats and soaked fats, if you want to burn fat and gain muscle size. Indeed, they promote fat gain and increase the risk of cardiovascular accidents. Instead, turn to unsaturated fats: unsaturated omega 3, omega 6, omega nine fatty acids by diversifying your diet:
- avocados, nuts, and olive oil
- sunflower seeds, corn oil, sesame oil
- Omega 3: raw spinach, nuts, flax seeds. Fish lover, you can indulge yourself by consuming fatty fish such as salmon, herring, tuna, or sardines.
Omega 3s are a source of energy for protein synthesis, rebuilding your muscle fibers, and increasing the ability to use fat to fuel your muscles. By consuming oils rich in omega 3, you facilitate protein synthesis, that is to say the assimilation of amino acids by your body allowing you to rebuild your muscle tissue more quickly after an intensive weight training session. A complex metabolic process then comes into play and helps you gain muscle mass day after day: omega 3s then participate in the reconstruction and development of your muscle tissue. They allow you to use your fat as a source of energy and thus limit its growth for the benefit of muscle development.
Food Supplements VS Food Program and Homemade Dishes
We are not particularly opposed to consuming dietary supplements like fish oil that help you increase your consumption of unsaturated fats. You can also use protein powder to whip up gourmet snacks (as you’ll appreciate in our recipes in the last part of this article). Of course, everyone does what they want with their body and diet to build muscle mass in their biceps or abs, but it’s always good to prepare your protein meals at home to support your mass gain. Indulge yourself with your homemade snacks, whether you’re training outside or lifting weights in the weight room! Why always think of the easy way by bringing in your sports bag an easily consumable food supplement and not concocting yourself gourmet snacks?
Like those who follow a weight loss diet program, we recommend following our diet program, which adapts to your body mass gain needs. The Fitness app accompanies you in your daily diet.
Eating all Your Protein at the Same Meal: A Beginner Mistake
It powerfully recommended splitting the diet with snacks and snacks rich in protein consumed around sports training. For example, if you weigh 70 kg and consume 30 g of protein per meal (with a base of 3 meals per day), plus a few snacks of 5 to 10 g, this diet is more effective than if you consume 10 g for breakfast and dinner and the rest for lunch. Indeed, it is more efficient to proportionally disperse the day’s protein intake to maximize muscle synthesis. In short, it is advisable to eat throughout the day, hence the central role of protein snacks in your bodybuilding program.
What is a Protein Snack?
The anabolic window is the perfect time to consume your snacks
Quickly. A protein snack is a little help to gain energy and optimize your mass gain. The best time to take it is after your workout. It is the “anabolic window,” a period that gets shorter with repetitions of strength training exercises, during which the body absorbs up to 50% more protein. In short, it is a protein and amino acid intake between 30 and 90 minutes after your weight session that helps you rebuild the micro-tears caused by playing sports and allows you to build muscle mass.
The Pre-workout Snack: A Mix of Carbohydrates and Proteins
The best special weight gain menu is to combine a source of carbohydrate with a source of protein in the pre-workout snack. Carbohydrates will ensure a good level of energy during physical activity. At the same time, protein will help prolong the level of power if the exercise lasts and provide the amino acids necessary to reconstruct the muscles immediately after working out with our many videos of activities and sports training.
Four Gourmet Protein Snack Recipes to Make you Happy and Effectively Support your Mass Gain
What could be better than going to the kitchen to manage your nutrition and making your snacks yourself? In the kitchen!
Homemade Protein Bars: What’s Better than this Snack that you can Put in your Gym Bag?
Quick and easy to make, it’s a must-have in any weight gain diet plan. For the ingredients, we suggest you mix the three sources of nutrients in terms of calorie intake:
Oatmeal, a favorite with bodybuilders for carbohydrate intake
The primary source of protein is your protein powder, a source of protein that is slower to be assimilated by the body: whey protein or casein. You choose what you want, but a 50/50 ratio is relevant
Finally, the lipids are also of good quality if you include peanut puree (unsaturated fatty acids – mainly omega-6) in your recipe.
The Recipe for Homemade Protein Bars (20 bars): The Ingredients
500 grams of oatmeal
One hundred grams of acacia honey (2 to 3 tablespoons). You can also take agave syrup, the important thing being to use a sweetener with a limited glycemic index.
80 grams of peanut puree (about two tablespoons)
160 grams of protein powder
About 20 cl of water
The Recipe for Homemade Protein Bars (20 bars): the Procedure to Follow
The recipe itself is straightforward. Syndicate the oatmeal and protein powder in a large bowl. Add the peanut puree in several hazelnuts and honey. And finally, add the water. For the making of the bars, you can use your imagination. In any case, as soon as the dough is dry, you can put your bars in the refrigerator to keep them.
The Super Shake: A High Protein Drink to Optimize your Sports Training
The shake is a protein drink suitable for a weight gain-oriented diet plan. It is elementary to make since it contains powdered protein mixed with water or a vegetable drink and other foods that you can add as you wish: fruits and vegetables in general.
Our Favorite Recipe, the Chocolate Caramel Protein Shake: the Ingredients
For one person :
30 grams of cottage cheese
A tablespoon of cocoa (unsweetened to avoid too high a GI)
200 ml of unsweetened almond milk
Five ice cubes
Pinch of sea salt
The Chocolate Caramel Protein Shake: The Procedure to Follow
Pour all the fixings into a blender and blend until you get a smooth and uniform shake.
Pour your mixture into a glass and decorate it with your garnishes: peanuts, a pinch or be more whimsical by adding a chocolate sauce with a tablespoon of coconut oil
We now wish you bon appetit!
The Homemade Gainer: A Balanced Supply of Proteins, Fats (Cashews, Almonds) but also (Good) Carbohydrates
A gainer provides you with extra calories as a snack that you can have before, during, or after your workout. Its means that we will find proteins and carbohydrates (with moderate GI) and (good) fats. It must therefore be balanced! Since industrial gainers are far too rich in high GI carbohydrates (such as dextrose or maltodextrin), we advise you to prepare a homemade gainer because it is much healthier for your body.
The Special Homemade Gainer For Mass Muscle Gain: The Recipe
For a sheath of just under half a liter, you will need:
- 50 grams of oatmeal
- 30g of protein powder
- A tablespoon of peanut puree (20 g)
- A tablespoon of low glycemic index honey: acacia, lime, or chestnut (20 g)
- A banana
- A water background
First, the preparation is not complicated: mix the oatmeal and the protein powder with a blender. Mix everything with the rest of the ingredients, and now you have a top house gainer!
A Protein Porridge Or How To Start The Day In A Balanced Way, The English Way
Start the day with a high-protein porridge; it doesn’t get better. Especially in winter, this hot and energetic breakfast will warm up your difficult winter awakenings. Protein porridge is simply an improved version of this classic of Anglo-Saxon cuisine.
Protein Porridge: The House Recipe
For a portion, you will need:
- 50 grams of oatmeal.
- 120 ml of water or skimmed milk or even soy milk
- Two small bananas
- Two squares of dark chocolate (or 1 level teaspoon of cocoa powder)
- One teaspoon of peanut puree.
To prepare, heat the milk in the saucepan, gradually add the oatmeal, mix them well before boiling, allowing the flakes to absorb the water, and cook for 5/10 minutes. The longer the cookery time, the more tender your porridge will be. Then add your ingredients, and it’s ready to taste! If you are in a hurry in the morning, the microwave works very well too.