You have probably noticed that muscle does not miraculously appear overnight. Building muscle mass takes time and patience, with both precision training and nutrition. If truth be told, bodybuilding is a science, and it's much easier to make mistakes than to get it right.
In pursuit of the bodybuilding process, we have all made the same mistakes. However, many fail to acknowledge them, or even realise that they are making them. These bodybuilding blunders can decelerate muscle gain and diminish fat loss.
Mistake # 1 - Impatience
The most common mistake among bodybuilders is dieting impatiently. Too many athletes constantly jump from one diet to another without allowing time for any of them to work. It takes at least 21 days for your body to adjust to any dietary change, this isn't something that will happen overnight.
Mistake # 2 - Eating haphazardly
The second mistake that many beginners make, is eating without establishing a proper dietary system. Surely it is obvious that such a haphazard dietary approach is counterproductive? Isn't it better to present a steady flow of nutrients to your body? In order to build up high-quality muscle mass, your body must have a continuous positive nitrogen balance. The secret to building up muscle and losing body fat is consistency! Yes, it's that simple! It is better to plan your meals in order to be consistent.
Mistake # 3 - Too much food
The third mistake made by many bodybuilders is overeating. While it is true that many calories are required to provide energy for muscle building, excess calories will only increase your fat percentage. In fact it is necessary to eat a balanced amount of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats), and shock the body with a high-calorie meal every now and again. Eating is good, eating for growth purposes is great, but overeating is unacceptable.
Mistake # 4 - Using scales
The fourth mistake is constant use of scales in order to assess progress. Of course it is true that a set of scales is a measuring tool, but it is not able to distinguish between water, fat and muscle. The best option is to monitor progress through body composition. Scales are beneficial when used in combination with body fat measurement tools.
Remember that bodybuilding is a sport that is all about aesthetics and so photographs, as well as regular body measurements, are an excellent way of gauging progress.
Mistake # 5 - Trying to emulate professional bodybuilders
The fifth mistake, made by many beginners is to emulate the diets and workouts of professional bodybuilders. Once you've made that mistake, it's like spitting in the wind! There is a huge difference between professionals and amateurs. Professional bodybuilders have trained for years, followed diets for months, and are used to using a heavy supplement supply. Learn to read between the lines of what is being shown in the latest bodybuilding magazine and what is reality!
Avoid these mistakes and you'll be well on your way to amazing results!