You know that to put on quality size there are no real quick fixes or shortcuts. You must train, eat and supplement wisely – not just for a period of months, but years.
Whatever the reason, the following 5 tricks can help you look 5-10 pounds bigger … instantly.
1 ) Carb Up
The easiest and most effective way to put on a few pounds quickly is to carb load. The lower your typical carb intake, the more impressive the results will be.
Those who routinely eat less than one gram of carbs per pound of bodyweight will see the best results from this.
Why It Works: When you consume carbohydrates, they get stored in your muscles as glycogen – a massive amount of glucose molecules attached to each other.
Glycogen pulls large amounts of water into the muscles, filling them up like water balloons.
Do This: A day or two before you want to look your biggest, eat about 4 grams of carbs per pound of bodyweight, or more.
2 ) Drink More
There’s a good chance you’re dehydrated, or at least not maximally hydrated. One study in athletes reported that less than 15% of them were well hydrated.
Why It Works: Adequate water consumption has a pretty simple effect on the muscles: it makes them fuller and bigger.
If you’re not well hydrated, your muscles will likely look flat and it will appear as though you’ve lost size when all you’re really short on is liquids, not muscle.
Do This: Start guzzling water ASAP. Be sure that you’re getting in a minimum of one gallon of water a day, and even up to two gallons, to ensure that your muscles are at their fullest.
3) Supplement with Creatine
We’re not telling you anything new when we say that creatine pulls large amounts of water into the muscles to increase their size in a hurry. But there’s one problem if you grab a container of creatine monohydrate: time.
Creatine monohydrate works fine, but it can take weeks to produce the impressive size gains you’re hoping for because creatine won’t maximize muscle cell volumization until its levels are maximized within the muscle cells. With creatine monohydrate, this can take a week and often longer, even if you go through a loading phase.
Instead of monohydrate, go with a fast-acting form of creatine like creatine hydrochloride or Kre-Alkalyn.
Why It Works: These forms will increase muscle cell volume almost instantly for quicker size gains.
Do This: Go with 3-5 g of either creatine hydrochloride or Kre-Alkalyn both before and after workouts.
4) Supplement with Glutamine
The popular supplement L-glutamine may not have the immediate effect on muscle growth that creatine and carb-loading do, but it’s still a critical ingredient to include in your mass-gainingstack.
Why It Works: Glutamine is stored in high amounts in muscles and, much as creatine does, it pulls water into the muscle cells.
Research also shows that glutamine helps to convert more glucose into glycogen so that more glycogen can be stored in your muscles, which pulls in more water for even bigger gains in size.
Do This: After workouts, add 10 g of L-glutamine to your post-workout protein shake and carbs.
5) Take N-Oxide Supplements
Nitric oxide boosters typically provide arginine, which gets readily converted in the body to NO. NO boosters also provide a host of other ingredients, such as Pycnogenol or ginseng, that catalyze the conversion of arginine into NO, as well as ingredients that reduce the breakdown of NO, such as horny goat weed (Epimedium).
Why It Works: The point of increasing NO levels is to relax the blood vessels that feed the muscles. Relaxed blood vessels are wider in diameter, which means more blood flows through them to the muscles, increasing their volume.
With agents such as glycogen, creatine, glutamine, taurine, potassium and glycerol stocked up in the muscles (assuming you’re following the aforementioned tips), this greater delivery of water will be quickly pulled into the muscles for maximal swelling.
Greater blood flow will also deliver more glucose to the muscles to create more muscle glycogen.
Do This: Follow dosing instructions on the label and take your NO booster both in the morning and about 30-60 minutes before training.