Lee Hayward's Total Fitness Bodybuilding

-- Part 4 of 10 --

"...I go to the gym regularly and I train hard,
but I am not getting any bigger... Why...?"

Lee Hayward
Lee Hayward
* Certified Strength Coach
* Competitive Bodybuilder & Powerlifter

Dear Friend,

I get asked this question a lot by both men and women who are desperately trying to put some solid muscle mass on their bones.

Your diet is one of the most critical aspects of gaining muscular bodyweight. You can have your training routine down pat, but if your diet doesn't meet your nutritional needs you will NOT get bigger, regardless of how hard you train in the gym.

Most people who call themselves "hard gainers" are usually just under eaters. A lot of folks will skip breakfast, have a small lunch or snack during the day, then pig out and stuff themselves at dinner and think that they are eating a lot.

You need to eat every 2-3 hours, or approx. 6 times per day, in order to provide your body with a steady supply of nutrients from which to grow from. If you let yourself go 4 hours of more without eating then you are putting your body into a catabolic state and burning up precious muscle tissue.

There are many different formulas you can use to determine how many calories you need to eat each day. But the quickest and easiest way to guesstimate how much you should be eating is to simply take your total current body weight and multiply it by the following:

  • For Fat loss = eat 12 calories per pound of bodyweight
  • For Maintenance = eat 15 calories per pound of bodyweight
  • For Weight Gain = eat 19 calories per pound of bodyweight

This is a very easy way to estimate caloric needs. However, there are obvious drawbacks to this method because it doesn't take into account your activity levels or body composition. But it will put you in the ballpark and you can adjust your caloric intake up or down as needed based on your progress.

A good nutrient break down for gaining muscular bodyweight is 35% protein, 45% carbohydrates, and 20% fat.

Note: each gram of protein has 4 calories, each gram of carbohydrate has 4 calories, and each gram of fat has 9 calories.

The whole idea of eating 6 well balanced meals per day is by no means a new concept. Most of the clients that I work with usually already have a good idea of how they should be eating. But their main excuse is they don't have the time to eat properly. So below I've outlined a few time saving eating tips that you can use to help make eating a healthy muscle building diet simple and easy.

When you cook your food, cook up large quantities so you'll have left overs. This saves time and makes it easier to have quick nutritious meals on hand. I'll often grill several steaks at a time, cook several chicken breasts at a time, bake several potatoes at a time, cook up a large pot of rice, etc.

A George Foreman grill (or similar type of grill) is awesome for fast cooking. A frozen chicken breast can be cooked and ready to eat in just 10 minutes. While you are eating your breakfast each morning you could have your chicken breasts cooked on the grill for meals later in the day.

Potatoes, yams, etc. can be cooked within 10 minutes in the microwave.

Bags of pre-made salad, spinach, bags of chopped frozen veggies, etc. are a quick way to add healthy veggies to your diet. Fresh fruit like bananas, apples, oranges, etc. are easy to pack with lunches.

George Foreman Grill

An easy to make breakfast favorite of mine; is to cook up some instant oatmeal, stir in a couple scoops of vanilla protein powder, add some apple sauce, top with a dash of cinnamon and some low calorie sweetener. Presto, you'll have yourself a tasty nutritious breakfast ready to eat in about 5 minutes.

A fast and healthy lunch would be to pack a grilled chicken breast and baked potatoe in a small Tupperware container. Toss in some pre-washed salad veggies, take a piece of fruit, and you're all set.

Most people usually do not have much of a problem eating well for dinner as this is typically the biggest meal of the day for the average person. Just make sure to have generous portions of protein foods like beef, chicken, turkey, fish, etc. Wholesome complex carbohydrates such as potatoes, yams, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, etc. And also include some green veggies like a garden salad, steamed, or stir fried veggies.

For in between meal snacks and times when you can't sit down to the table for a formal meal you can still keep a steady supply of protein and nutrients in your system with quick foods like; protein / meal replacement bars, protein / meal replacement drinks, beef jerky, mixed nuts, fresh fruit, cottage cheese, etc.

healthy snack foods

If you would like to get your very own customized muscle building meal plan, one that's tailor made to your exact nutritional needs and body type, then you should sign up for a customized diet and training program.

I will tailor fit your custom program to help you achieve your personal muscle building and fitness goals, whether it be helping you lose bodyfat, build lean muscle, or a combination of the two.

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"Gained 43 lbs. Of Muscle In Less Then 6 Months!"

Phil Clayton Hi Lee,

I just wanted to let you know about my bodybuilding progress. Before I found your website I was training all wrong and going no where. I literally spent several months working out and at the end of it all I was no stronger or more muscular than when I started.

I was your average teenager, just wasting hours in the gym and I didn't know what I needed to do to get bigger and stronger.

Then my little brother recommended that I check out www.LeeHayward.com and since then things have changed forever! I've read all your articles and gotten some great training advice from following your program. This has really given me the help and motivation that I needed to get the results I wanted.

In just six months of following your advice my lifts have more than doubled and I have gone from 155 lbs. to 198 lbs. That's 43lbs of lean mass gains!

Thanks again Lee for all your help!

Phil Clayton
Jacksonville, Florida

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Links To The Previous Parts Of The Bodybuilding Tips Training Course:

  1. The Best Muscle Building Exercises For Each Bodypart
  2. Is There A Perfect Workout Routine?
  3. The Correct Lifting Technique For Gaining Muscle And Strength