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The Biggest Muscle-Building Diet Mistakes



What are some of the most common diet errors made by weight lifters and bodybuilders while attempting to gain muscle mass? This article discusses the most common dietary errors that I have observed.

When it comes to muscle growth and health in general, eating healthy is important. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths and misinformation floating about, and people believe them often.

Any of these diet myths may not only stifle growth, but they may also cause health problems and increase the risk of injury.

I've met a lot of weightlifters and aspiring bodybuilders over the years, and I've learned a lot of different tips and stories about what to eat to get the best results. Unfortunately, much of what I was told was either entirely false or exaggerated.

The most common muscle-building diet blunders

Taking in too much protein

Consuming a lot of protein is one of the most popular pieces of bodybuilding diet advice! Some guys' diets will be almost exclusively made up of meat and protein supplements, with a lot of it being low-quality and high in saturated fat. The problem is that the body can only handle a certain amount of protein at any given time, so a large portion of the protein would be wasted.

Consumption of excessive calories

Has someone ever offered you this advice? “Just eat, eat, eat” or “just eat as much crap as possible” is a strategy for consuming a large number of calories. True, you need a calorie surplus to gain muscle mass, but this theory can be pushed too far, which is exactly what happened here. Simply eating too many calories will cause you to gain weight. You won't be getting the right nutrients into your body if those calories come from fast food, and you won't be able to improve or thrive if you don't get the right nutrients.

On exercise days, you can just eat protein

I'm not sure if this is normal, but it's something I've done in the past. I used to believe that protein was only needed on days when I went to the gym. However, this is a major blunder since our bodies need protein on a continuous basis. On rest days and during sleep, our muscles expand and our bodies heal, so eating high-quality protein is critical.