You trained hard but your muscle is not building up, but it instead stay the same, or even decreased in size. The muscle losing process has many causes, and there are 5 most popular causes that will be listed below.
1. Not eating enough calories.
Muscle can not be built if it is not being provided with enough the amount of calories needed. To the guys who are a bit skinny and want to build more muscle to be bulkier, eating 2200 calories a day is still not enough. Moreover, if you eat too little calories like that it will make the muscle tissues disappear, and causes fat to build up, because when you are not eating enough calories your body will enter the “help survive” mode and it means that muscle will be used to feed the body. So if you don’t eat enough the amount of protein needed, the chance for your muscle to recover after a training session will be lessen.
2. Training until your body exhausted.
Usually, a bulked guy in the gym will give you an advice that to buid up your muscle, you must train as hard as possible. This is not wrong to the guys with genetic, or on steroids (steroids: is the hormone group that help increase the weight of your muscle fast). But you also need to know that training more than 20 sets for a muscle group or train more than 15 time per set is too much for your muscle building up process. Although at the time you could feel your muscle is bigger, however it’s just a temporary effect on the muscle, it’s not really your muscle building up or getting bigger.
3. Only work your favorite body parts.
You only focus on building muscle on your chest, arms and back but ignore other muscle groups while doing so. It’s an old way of training, but nowaday there are still many people who followed this kind of training, and it, in fact, only leads to the lost of balance and may even causes injuries. So to build up your muscle perfectly you should apply the programs and exercises that combine many muscle groups to work together.
4. Not stretching after training.
It had been proved that stretching up after a training session can help your muscle to recover faster and also widen the working range of your muscle, allowing the muscle tissues to have more space to build up. Because working out with a weight can make you bulkier, however it also contain some risk of getting injured and restrict your agility.
5. Not resting enough.
During sleep is the time for your muscle to recover and build up. Sleeping less than 6 hour per day will restrict the process of producing the natural chemicals used for the building up of your muscle, example the developing hormone. When you work out your body too much like doing sport or training at the gym,the overnight parties and stress are the factors that affect seriously bad to the building up of the muscle.
Hello, My name is Steven Liu. I currently work in Customer Success at analyticsMD, a healthcare analytics startup. Previously I was a Strategy & Operations consultant at Deloitte and graduate of Boston College. I'm interested in entrepreneurship, technology, healthcare, education, traveling, cooking, and sports.