Although we know that muscles don’t grow over night, there are some tricks that can help you boost their size in no time. First, 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. Learn how to fill your muscles with water and make them look bigger. 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
Although the effects L-glutamine on muscle growth may not be as instant as those of creatine and carb loading, it’s still one of the key ingredients that can help you in increasing your size.
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.
5. Step Up your Glutamine Intake
Although consuming L-glutamine after workout will deliver certain results, you can take your glutamine supplementation one step further by consuming L-alanyl-L-glutamine. This amino increases your muscle size using a different mechanism.
THE MECHANISM: According to the research, L-alanyl-L-glutamine helps water retention in your body. And as we have already said at the beginning, water is one of the key ingredients in building up muscle size. Consuming L-alanyl-L-glutamine before workout will help you stay hydrated, and will improve your pump.
THE DOSE: Take 5-10g of Sustamine half an hour before workout. This ingredient combines L-alanyl and L-glutamine amino acids.
6. Turn To Taurine
Taurine is probably one of the best known amino acids among the general population, since it is found in some energy drinks like Red Bull.
It is found in many energy drinks which claim that it is the main ingredient that provide their energy boosting properties. However, although taurine can provide you with some energy boosting effects, this amino acid is much more efficient in helping you put on size.
THE MECHANISM: Taurine is also involved in the process of pulling water into your muscle cells, and it’s especially efficient when you combine it with glutamine and creatine. However, the additional benefit of taurine lies in its ability to increase your muscle strength, making them able to endure harder workouts, which will help your muscle growth over the long haul.
THE DOSE: Consume 2–3 g of taurine before and after workout.
7. POTASSIUM SUPPLEMENTATION
Although potassium is not unknown ingredient in athletes’ lives, most of them use it for replenishing their energy levels. However, this electrolyte has another important function. It can help you increase size in no time.
THE MECHANISM: Potassium simulates the volumization of muscle cells by drawing water into them. This effect is especially evident in people that have typically low potassium levels. Since most of the bodybuilding diets rely on limiting the fruit intake, potassium supplementation works especially good.
THE DOSE: Consume 500-1000 milligrams of potassium with your food several times during the day.
8. Glycerol Supplementation
Glycerol is a polyol compound which is primarily found in the triglycerides. It can be very effective in increasing the muscle size due to its hydroscopic property.
THE MECHANISM: Glycerol is soluble in water and it also draws and binds large quantities of water in our muscle cells. We’ve already mentioned that the increased water quantities in your muscles make them look bigger and fuller. In addition, glycerol helps you stay hydrated for a longer period of time, and participates in controlling your body temperature. According to the research, you can have the best results by combining glycerol with creatine, lots of water and fast burning carbs.
THE DOSE: As glycerol can cause digestive problems in people with sensitive stomachs, start by taking lower doses. Consume 40 grams of glycerol combined with 15 grams of carbs, 5 grams of creatine and 70 ounces of water. If you find that you have no problem with an increased dose, you can double that amount.
9. Boost your muscles with Nitric Oxide
Nitric oxide is a simple molecule that provides your body with a numerous benefits ranging from improving your erectile ability to boosting your brain functions.
In addition, many bodybuilders use it for shortening the recovery period after intensive workout. The main ingredient in NO boosters is arginine – an amino acid that can be converted into nitric oxide into our bodies.
THE MECHANISM: Nitric oxide is a powerful vasodilator. It helps your blood vessels relax, thus widening their diameter and increasing the blood flow. As a result, greater amount of blood comes to the muscles.
Assuming that you’ve already provided your body with glycogen, creatine, glutamine, taurine, potassium and glycerol, this increased quantity of water will swell up your muscles to their maximum.
Another benefit of increasing the blood flow is the increased supply of oxygen and other nutrients to your muscles.
THE DOSE: We recommend taking NO booster according to the recommended dose on the label 30-60 minutes before every workout and every morning.