I know that the title of this article is probably going to send a lot of weight-conscious readers running for cover to the safe and welcoming arms of the Weight Watchers Website and Calorie Count Forums. I'm not even going to pretend like that shouldn't be your first reaction. These tips aren't for your average cardio bunny or spin-cycle enthusiast.
The calorie-boosting tricks I am about to share are for guys (and gals) who are hitting the weights hard and truly looking to add some quality muscle mass to their bodies. As ridiculous as it sounds, for as many people out there that have a hard time losing weight by cutting back on their food intake, an equally large number of folks are struggling to get enough calories in their mouths each day to help support their muscle building dreams.
If you are like me and you have a hard time getting all of the calories you need each day, take a peek at some of these simple ideas I have found to be very helpful in my quest to build up my biceps.
A.K.A. God’s gift to the “hard gainer” or forever-bulker. Peanut butter is high in calories and low in volume, so you can meet your energy requirements without too much stomach discomfort. Bodybuilding.com says that peanut butter is “a super sports food” and that it is “an affordable source of calories.”
I would have to agree and add in that it’s absolutely delicious and packed full of healthy fats. Eat it on a sandwich. Eat it on fruit. Hell, eat it from a spoon. Now you have no excuse as to why you can’t make gains (I’m looking at you Mr. “I Just Can’t Eat Enough to Bulk”). Just make sure you don't have a peanut allergy or you might have a bad day after a big heaping spoonful of this yummy stuff. Don't say we didn't warn you!
Let’s face it. Chicken and broccoli simply don’t have enough calories to build mass onto your scrawny arms. Want some extra calories? Try supplementing your chicken dinner with a delicious shake. I typically add a banana, some peanut butter, and a scoop of whey protein to some whole milk to get a few hundred extra calories packed with protein and healthy fats. Try adding some coconut oil for an even greater calorie boost!
If you've been buying skim milk or reduced-fat cheese, you’ve been robbing your muscles of the extra calories they need in order to grow! Not only that, but some studies suggest that, full-fat dairy products actually help keep us leaner than their modified counterparts. Build muscle AND keep you body fat levels down? Thank you Mrs Cow!
It's not rocket science to know that in order to gain some more muscle you have to first work the muscles hard enough to stimulate them, but make sure you are getting enough total calories every day to back up that hard workout.