It’s no secret that “bulking up” means lifting weights and eating big, but for some people busy lifestyles can get in the way of your fitness goals and achieving them seems near impossible.
For any of you who read my posts, you’ll know that going to the gym and living a healthy lifestyle play a big part in my day to day routine. For a while I’ve been trying to add lean muscle to my body and gain weight in the process but I find it so hard eating 6 meals a day and multiple chicken breasts, like most professionals advise you to.
I found myself getting frustrated that I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted and although it takes time, it does start to get you down. I’ll often see Men’s Health share diet plans for celebrities and athletes, which I’ll have a quick look at but never really put them to the test. I’m a huge fan of Anthony Joshua and for any of you who know who he is, he’s a machine! Weighing in at around 17 stone, he’s taking the boxing world by storm and is well-known for his physique, so I thought I would have a look at any articles featuring Anthony Joshua’s meal plan.
Now believe me, my end goal isn’t to look like him as I’m not a professional boxer, training for hours on end, 6 days a week but I also couldn’t afford it! After reading interviews with AJ, my approach to eating has changed. Joshua has the approach of, if I’m hungry I’ll eat and I’ll eat big, none of this 6 meals a day malarkey. Since reading the article I have increased the amount I eat during meals and then tried to add more snacks between meals. Without speaking too soon, my weight is slowly starting to increase.
Like many others, I don’t have the time to be going to a microwave numerous times a day to heat a meal up, so I like to eat food that provides me witch a quick protein fix. Meat is the obvious source of protein as well as eggs and supplements such as whey protein. As well as what I’ve just mentioned, protein can also be found in:
- Low fat Greek yoghurt
- Cottage cheese
- Peanut butter
Listed are just some ideas for a quick protein fix, especially if you live a busy lifestyle and struggle to hit your recommended protein intake, then these products should help you out.
Something I’ve learnt is to not go from 2,000 calories a day to over 3,000, making small increases to your protein and calorie intake, has helped me improve over time.