Why Strength Training?
When I reached my highest body weight, I decided to start strength training. This was because whenever I tried to diet before-hand, I ended up losing a lot of weight only to gain it all back. The picture on the left was of me when I was trying to gain muscle after being underweight. The picture on the right was taken a few weeks ago in 2020 after five years of strength training and healthy eating.
I wanted to show you the difference that a change of lifestyle did to my body. The amount of muscle that I have been able to put on was a result of pushing myself beyond my comfort zone, by pushing myself to lift weights that were heavy and by forcing myself to eat more [healthy] calories.
How to get started with a fitness lifestyle
So, how did I manage to transform my body? I wanted to breakdown this post into the types of meals that I eat and the type of training that I do. This differed quite substantially from the foods and training that I engaged in before. The emphasis for your eating should be on healthy foods, and if your goal is to gain muscle, then you must be eating at a calorie surplus.
Here are the types of meals that I eat:
As you can see, I eat quite a lot of food. I also snack on high-protein meals such as protein shakes, fruits, greek yoghurt and protein bars.
Weekly Training and Lifestyle
As for my style of training, I lift weights around 5 to 6 days a week. I prioritise my sleep and aim to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. I also rarely drink alcohol. This is how I am able to give my training sessions my all.
One of my leg day workouts at the gym:
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