Nutrition: Eat More, Not Less
Your workouts will make your muscles grow, but your eating habits will make them show. I believe proper nutrition is more important than any other aspect when it comes to building your ultimate physique.
That, however, doesn’t mean you’re going on a diet. I hate the word diet. Diets suck. Diets make you think of deprivation, and life’s too short for deprivation.
First, eat four to six small meals a day. Eating six meals is actually best, but you can get away with four or five meals since. Four to six small, balanced meals a day keep your body happy and your energy up. Eating this way decreases cravings that lead to fattening snacks and helps you stay in a steady, fat-burning mode throughout the day.
The other key idea is to mix all three macro nutrients—fats, proteins, and carbohydrates— at every meal. Good fats, like the poly- and monounsaturated kind, are essential for everything from preventing heart disease to having great skin. Protein is crucial for building muscle. Slow-burning carbohydrates give you long-lasting energy that keeps you from feeling run-down or hungry.