Second, if you’d like to see your fat cells keep multiplying like rabbits then skip meals, and when you do eat make sure it’s anything but protein and veggies. Remember that metabolism discussion we just had in the previous paragraph? It applies here as well. The old adage of burning more calories than you take in doesn’t always work. I’ve heard so many times from people that get too busy and forget to eat. This should NEVER happen! To quote Ferris Bueller, “I know life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once and a while, you could miss it.” Take a couple moments during your busy day to look around and enjoy the world, while you’re at it, EAT SOMETHING! Let’s do the quick math; skipped meals means starving, which tells the body to lower your metabolism. A body with no fuel tells the brain it should start burning muscle tissue so glycogen can keep you going because your life is moving pretty fast! So now you’ve lowered your metabolism and your muscle tissue, but wait you may have squeezed in a quick energy drink or some M&M’s. That’s three strikes. Here’s the take home; you want to gain bodyfat, skip meals, run on energy drinks, and refuel at night after your crazy busy day with a glass of wine or a craft beer and anything but protein and veggies.
To some of you this may have struck a nerve, others you may think I’m a smartass, but hopefully to a couple of you it made sense. The real take home is this; it’s ok to go for a run, in fact I encourage it! You need to make strength training a part of your life. You need to eat protein, fruits and veggies consistently. Without these things, chances are you will continue to be unhappy with your progress.