Learn how to fill your muscles with water and make them look bigger. Let’s get something straight: there is no alternate route to building size and strength. It takes time, hard training, proper dieting and quality supplementing.
However, there are times when you want to instantly increase your size by a fraction of an inch. That, on the other hand, can be helped. Although we know that muscles don’t grow over night, there are some tricks that can help you boost their size in no time. In this article, we will show you 9 tricks that will help you put on a couple of pounds of size.
1. Stay Hydrated
It all begins with water and staying optimally hydrated. There are numerous studies that point out that dehydration is one of the most common problems among athletes. In fact, one of them suggests that less than 15% of all athletes are sufficiently hydrated. Drinking sufficient amount of water is absolutely crucial if you want your muscles to look big.
THE MECHANISM: When your body is sufficiently hydrated your muscles are filled with water and they appear big. On the other hand, insufficient hydration results in reduced amount of water in our muscle cells and they appear flabby and smaller although no muscle mass has been lost.
THE METHOD: The solution to this problem is fairly simple: start drinking water now. The recommended intake is one gallon of water every day, but you can increase this amount by about 30-40%.
2. Boost Your Carbs Intake
One of the fastest foolproof ways to bulking up is to increase your carbs intake. This approach delivers the best results in people who don’t usually consume too much carbs, i.e. those who eat less than one gram of carbs per pound of bodyweight daily.
THE MECHANISM: When we consume carbohydrates, our bodies store them in the muscle cells as glycogen. One of the properties of glycogen is that it draws large quantities of water into the muscles cells, making them bigger.
HOW TO DO IT: First deplete your body of carbs as much as you can by reducing their daily intake to 1/2 grams per pound of bodyweight for three days. Next, increase your daily carbs intake to 4 grams per pound of bodyweight one or two days before you want your muscles to look their biggest. To avoid turning the excess carbs into fat, consume simple carbs in the morning and complex carbs later during the day. You can consume simple carbs like sugar and white bread during the first 4-6 hours when your metabolism works the fastest. Switch to sweet potatoes, oatmeal, whole-grain bread, or to some other source of complex carbs latter in the day.
3. Choose Your Creatine
Consuming carbs is not the only way to pull water into your muscle cells. This can be also achieved by consuming creatine, which performs a similar function as the glycogen in terms of hydrating the muscle cell. However, if you are looking for instant muscle growing results it’s better to go for fast-acting creatine instead of using creatine monohydrate. Although the effects of creatine monohydrate are just as impressive, the drawback of its use is that it takes time to show results. That is why it’s better to opt for creatine hydrochloride or Kre-Alkalyn. These two formulas deliver almost instant results, making your muscles look bigger in no time.
THE DOSE: Choose one of the above mentioned creatine supplements and consume 3-5 g before and after workouts.
4. CONSUME GLUTAMINE
THE MECHANISM: Being stored in the muscle cells, glutamine performs a similar function as creatine in terms of hydration: it draws water into your muscles. In addition, it also helps the conversion of glucose into glycogen, thus increasing its presence in your muscle cells, which results in increased amount of water.
THE DOSE: Consume 10 g of L-glutamine after workout with your shake.
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