So you are wondering why you’re not gaining weight? You are eating three big meals a day… But for some reason you are still feeling week and sluggish. Your workouts aren’t as strong as the could be, and your muscles don’t have that fullness that you desire.
Ladies and Gentlemen, might I suggest that you may be going catabolic???
What do I mean you’re going catabolic?
If you don’t eat for a long period of time, your body will turn to your muscles and start eating away at them for energy. This means you won’t be gaining weight (muscle weight) and you will be getting weaker. This is terrible, I know.
So how do you fix it? Well first we have to start off with how long can you go with not eating food. If you are a fairly active individual who works out 3-5 times a week, you may need to eat every 2-3 hours. For someone who spends time mostly on the couch and doesn’t workout that often, you can afford going a little while longer without food. For the gym addict and manual labor worker, you may need food every 1-2 hours, depending on how active you are.
Now this may sound insane at first glance. How could you possibly eat 4 meals in a 8 hour work day, and still eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
Your answer: Bridge Meals
A bridge meal is a meal/snack that provides you with proper nutrients in between your staple meals to prevent you from going catabolic and losing your muscle, your energy, and your gains.
A bridge meal can be anything from a BCAA drink or protein shake to a protein bar or lighter meal. The thing you need to look for is what composition of macro and micro nutrients is going to fit your needs?
Since I’m on a busy schedule for most of the day I never have time for solid sit down meals. This means I’m relying on quite a few bridge meals to tide me over.
My go-to bridge meals are:
VPX Zero Impact Bar
- 415 calories
- 30g protein
- 35g carbs
- 17g fats
Allmax Hexapro Protein Shake
- 176 calories
- 25g protein (fast and slow digestion)
- 10g carbs
- 4g fat
I usually have a couple Zero Impact bars a day, and also a couple Hexapro shakes. I also use Daily Greens by North Coast Naturals and add that into my shakes to get a great boost throughout the day, and to boost my immune system!
Go find what bridge meals work best for you, and go gain some good weight!