Just think if you started working out today and today itself you reached from Bruce Banner to the Incredible Hulk, would you ever stop working out? Guess not.
In real life, stuff doesn’t work that way. You join a gym, do a hardcore workout, flex in the mirror for an hour and so and then next day at the office your boss tells you that you have to shift Taj Mahal from Agra to Nagaland in one week otherwise you will be fired. So you don’t work out for the whole week, you get no results and then you quit.
So why you quit? Because you get a strong reason to justify your absence from the gym, if that wasn’t the case you would quit it for some other “strong” reason sometime later.
But that’s not your fault. I mean that is your fault but not the fault you think. Take a look at this:
This is called regressive loop of lifestyle. Once you are caught, its next to impossible to get out of it. The only difference to this is a four letter word “DIET”. It is your choice which circle you want to get in.
Reasons for not working out
Making fitness a part of your lifestyle while working needs a little dedication but that’s all on you whether you want to curse yourself or flex your abs whenever you see yourself in the mirror.
Here is some logic which you think are logical enough not to workout :
“I don’t feel motivated”: Because you don’t see any results because muscle growth is 80% diet and you don’t follow one.
“After office, I don’t have enough energy to workout”: Because you are not recovered yet and you can’t recover until you are on a good diet plan.
“I sleep all day, next day after gym”: Because you focused more on working out than on recovery which you will get with proper rest and diet.
“I can’t go to the gym every day”: You don’t have to, 3 days a week is enough until it becomes impossible for you to miss the gym, and that will be possible if you follow a diet plan.
“It is awkward to carry multiple lunch boxes with you”: I have a better alternative so be patient.
If still, you think this is not enough to make you want to follow a diet plan, just give it a try for one week and find it yourself.
Why is it easy for office goers to build muscle?
There is this cool thing about you if you are an office goer and you hate your job you eat your lunch, get your coffee and snack on your snack every day at the exact same time. This time should be that precise that someone can set his/her watch seeing your lunch timing. These are good habits which you made for a bad purpose. you just need to swap your purpose and you will be the best version of yourself (at least in fitness).
General nutrition equations
for a general body type and a general goal of getting a moderately lean physique, your per day minimum nutrition needs are :proteins = (2* your weight in kgs) grams carbs = (5*body weight in kgs) grams fats = (body weight in kgs) grams *It varies with your goals and body type
A Sample Diet
meal1(5:30am) : 300ml milk +50 gm oats + 3egg whites
Nutrition : (42 gm carb, 29 gm protein, 10 gm fats )
Nutrition : (45 gm carbs, 24 gm proteins, 14 gm fat)
meal2 alternative(for skinny fats) : 50 gm fried kidney beans (amazon link) in 10 gm butter +200 ml milk + 1 whole egg
Nutrition : (40 gm carbs, 20 gm proteins, 12 gm fat)
meal3(12:00pm) : 5 egg whites +1 scoop peanut butter + the lunch you normally eat
Nutrition : (50-55 gm carbs, 24 gm proteins, 8-10 gm fats)
*amount of carb in meal 3 depends on the type of lunch you do
meal4 (3:00pm) : 1 scoop whey + *snack + 1 apple
Nutrition : (35-40 gm carbs, 30 gm proteins, 12-15 gm fats)
meal5 (6:00 pm): 100 gm chicken breast + 20 gm chickpeas + 2 banana
Nutrition : (40 gm carbs, 30 gm proteins, 15 gm fats)
meal6(9:00pm) : 1 scoop whey + 200 gm boiled/fried cauliflower/cabbage + 20 gm roasted flax seeds (amazon link)
Nutrition : (15 gm carbs, 28 gm proteins, 10 gm fats)
I would define this as a multi-mineral snack with fats and proteins as a bonus. Take a look at these
|Seeds||Omega 3 fats
(per 100 gms)
|Omega 6 fats
(per 100 gms)
(per 100 gms)
|Flax (amazon link)||24 gms||5 gms||19 gms|
|Chia (amazon link)||18 gms||5.7 gms||17 gms|
|Pumpkin (amazon link)||0 gms||9 gms||19 gms|
|Watermelon (amazon link)||0 gms||30 gms||28 gms|
|Hemp (amazon link)||9 gms||22 gms||33 gms|
|Sesame (amazon link)||0 gms||22 gms||18 gms|
You can consume 25-30 gms of that snack at a time. Remember to keep the ratio of omega-3: omega-6 more than 1:4. The more(omega-3) the merrier.
*In the diet above omega-3 to omega-6 ratio is already considered
If you find difficulty following six meals a day you can skip one and adjust your timings accordingly. For eg. Meal 1 at 8:00 am, Meal 2 at 12:00 pm, Meal 3 at 3:30 pm, Meal 4 at 7:00 pm and Meal 5 at 10:00 pm.
Your weekend buddy
Working 8 hours a day doesn’t give you enough time to spend some quality time eating veggies but that is the key to a toned body and healthy skin. My advice for you is to fill your weekends with veggies. Fill all six meals with veggies because that is the only way in which you can keep a balance between your job and your shredded abs.
“If muscularity is what you are aiming at then exercise is your gun and diet is your bullet. Guns don’t fire without bullets.”
– Someone so great that he doesn’t want his name mentioned.