7 ways to maximize muscle gain after Dieting

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If you’ve ever dieted for a bodybuildingOpens a New Window. contest—or for an extended period just to reduce body fatOpens a New Window.—then you know what you want to do right after that: nothing but eat all the decadent foods that you’ve been avoiding for the past couple of months.

Sure, that’s one way to follow up a restricted diet, but it can turn into a disaster, resulting in startling body fat gains. A better strategy is to use this time to gain impressive heaps of muscle by taking advantage of the body’s rebound effect.

The best gains of an entire year often come in the first few weeks after a cutting phaseOpens a New Window., making that period of time ideal for growth. In fact, you can easily add substantial amounts of real muscle massOpens a New Window. in just six short weeks. Here are seven steps you can use to transition from a diet straight into six weeks of pure anabolism.

The lucky bodybuilder has a fantastic metabolism that allows him to get ripped to the bone yet retain valuable muscle mass during a pre-contest diet. For many, getting ready for a contest is an exercise in modified starving. Some bodybuilders have to cut back on nearly everything—fat, carbohydrates and total calories—while pumping up the time spent on cardio to facilitate body-fat burn.

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