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Muscle Building Diet Mistake (EAT BIG | GET BIG!)



Published on 3 years ago

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When you are eating to build muscle, you’ve got to avoid two big diet mistakes if you want to gain appreciable amounts of muscle. The first is to stop using the word diet. This implies a short term solution when what you really need is a long term, lifetime approach to eating. The second is to stop listening to the age old advice of “eat big, get big” since it just is not true.

In this video, I show you the real problem that is keeping you or someone you know too skinny. Often times it has nothing to do with the amount of calories that are being taken in on a daily basis, but rather the quality of the calories that are being eaten. I’m going to show you real world examples of how this plays out time and time again. Using myself as the example, and hardgainer Jesse as well, you will get to see exactly what I ate as a child that was holding back the gains I was supposed to be seeing.

To begin, most skinny guys are eating enough calories. I know, shocking huh? It isn’t some super high metabolism that is keeping them skinny. That helps a bit, but more importantly, there is a dearth of quality calories coming in that often times derails the pursuit of muscle growth. A true muscle building diet should contain high amounts of each food, but only after the quality of that food is secured.

Muscle building diets should consist of the standby ingredients like oatmeal, vegetables, protein sources, etc. That said, the type of diet plan that I show you here (with a sample breakfast) is devoid of most of these let alone vitamins, minerals and good overall dense calories. This can be fixed however, if you allow for a bit of a transition time rather than trying to reach your goal right away.

The problem most people make is trying to make too large of a change right away. Instead, what you want to do is see if you can identify a middle ground between how you are currently eating and how you know you should be eating. If you can do this, you can more easily take steps to start eating more in line with where you want to go rather than forcing yourself to try and adopt this completely foreign way to feed yourself.

Remember, if it feels too much like work, then your mind is eventually going to treat it like work and sooner or later you are going to want to “call in sick”! Eat like an athlete and treat your food as fuel and you will realize just how important good nutrition is to your overall development and performance. If you want a complete step by step, meal by meal eating plan to go along with your daily workouts, head to http://athleanx.com and get your ATHLEAN-X Training System.

For more videos on how hardgainers should workout to build muscle as well as meal plan videos on what to eat to build muscle, be sure to subscribe to our channel here on youtube at http://youtube.com/user/jdcav24

Comments :

James Wayne

James Wayne . 2 days ago

Thumbs up for Italian moms.


radman22 . 4 days ago

What is a hard gainer


GuruOnNet . 4 days ago

One easy trick is to replace sweet taste with other tastes. Oats upma (mildly spiced savory porridge) is a very tasty and nutritious alternative esp when you add veggies (mushrooms, diced veggies). Spices to taste. Instant packets are available as well at Indian stores so you can try it out first and over time make it yourself at home with fresh ingredients. https://youtu.be/MnhA2dd8DtQ


james_gats . 1 week ago

"One study found that walnuts and almonds increased levels of SHBG, a protein that binds to testosterone in your body. Nuts are also high in polyunsaturated fats, which may be linked to lower testosterone levels."

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10,000 Subscribers With No Videos Challenge . 1 week ago

Currently watching with a bowl of oatmeal And a MASSIVE slice of chocolate cake😂

Dakota Frantz

Dakota Frantz . 2 weeks ago

Wow man jeff really is the real deal

Shuvro chandro Nath

Shuvro chandro Nath . 2 weeks ago

Jeff didn't notice Jessie eating the donut...😂😂😂

Pascal Osta

Pascal Osta . 3 weeks ago

Jeff must make a video about smoking 😂


AROK . 3 weeks ago

J sneaking that bite lmao

its me hahaha

its me hahaha . 3 weeks ago

Lol I didn't notice that dog there. Before 6:15


D1GITΛL CVTS . 4 weeks ago

As an ex-anorexic, I have a small tip that can help with coming off of sugar: artificial sweeteners.

Eren Yılmazer

Eren Yılmazer . 4 weeks ago

I eat 350g yogurt with oats on top with a spoon of nutella or peanut butter every morning as breakfast tastes well easy to make and healthy high protein carb I would recommend hope this helps someone

Sani Murati

Sani Murati . 4 weeks ago

Oatmeal: 1/2 cup oats Boil with almond milk Sliced banana Cinnamon Blueberries And 1-2 tbsp of honey almond butter. You’re welcome

Lee C

Lee C . 4 weeks ago

I blend oatmeal in my drinks raw...


IRINE7 . 4 weeks ago

There's a dog in the gym!

1 ova kind

1 ova kind . 1 month ago

I don’t understand why people are using any form or sweets. Even oatmeal is a form or sweets. Sweet potato, oatmeal and all of these types of berries and so on WHAT IF YOU DONT LIKE SWEETS !!!?

Big Rice Eater

Big Rice Eater . 1 month ago

Love the chemistry between these guys, the vibe feels good


Stunt . 1 month ago

My Oatmeal: Old Fashioned Oats, 10 Blueberries, A Banana, My Protein Powder ( which ever one you prefer will do fine), Hemp Seeds, and 1 Scoop of almond butter. Every now and then I’ll have it with strawberries as well

Mega Man

Mega Man . 1 month ago

These two are like father and son lol

Work Out

Work Out . 1 month ago

6:14 I got scared at first

Ryan Jensen

Ryan Jensen . 1 month ago

I wonder about oats mixed with butter cinnamon ground from sticks and stevia

Carl Brill

Carl Brill . 1 month ago

That's not actually food...

Carl Brill

Carl Brill . 1 month ago


John Gonzalez

John Gonzalez . 1 month ago

I'm sorry, but the dog is so cute that I'm nor paying attention to Jeff

I’m wrong but

I’m wrong but . 2 months ago

this guy doesn’t even have the self control to not eat a donut?

Bobson Dugnutt

Bobson Dugnutt . 2 months ago

I wish Jeff had just sat down. He looks so awkward kneeling there lol.

xBROx Sub Zero

xBROx Sub Zero . 2 months ago

Stopped drinking soda for 3 months and only drink water and changed the foods I eat. The soda quiting was easier than I thought and honestly it's made a hell of a difference.

Red Reaper

Red Reaper . 2 months ago

What is a different alternative to pumpkin

Vasile Nicolae

Vasile Nicolae . 2 months ago

*Eat right get big

Octavio Sanchez

Octavio Sanchez . 2 months ago

"And hate the way your life feels when you are eating this " 😂 literally my tought when I have oatmeal.

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Tim Mosso's Sunglasses . 2 months ago

Don't eat junk food. Got it. Video was 9 minutes and 20 seconds longer than it needed to be.

Rahul Kumar Singh

Rahul Kumar Singh . 2 months ago

You are best guide and institute .. Thanks you a lot to ..your videos over knee vague , flat foot , calisthenics , weight training everything helped me a lot... :) 😇

Arturo Millán

Arturo Millán . 2 months ago

Uninterested dog at 06:03

SNKRhead Games

SNKRhead Games . 2 months ago

I thought he was gonna say oatmeal is like the junk foods


chriss4365 . 2 months ago

All chemicals

Jeff Grey

Jeff Grey . 2 months ago

As I sit here with my bowl of froot loops in front of me..

Zach Huff

Zach Huff . 3 months ago

Are sunchips good or to much sugar

Bradford Townsend

Bradford Townsend . 3 months ago

Go Carnivore. High fat high protein, all will be fine.

Strange Thing

Strange Thing . 3 months ago

I still can't believe Jeff used to pound entenmanns donuts. The hole is a little small, but you could make it work, I guess.

car car

car car . 3 months ago

I was just watching one of your videos the other day where you said that as a teenager you were scared to death of fats. You weren't eating anything with any fats in it. What the hell?

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Lift 4 Life Transformations - Online Coaching . 3 months ago

Love this Jeff and Jessy. I started my weight gain journey at around 69kg and have always focused on quality rather than quantity (even though eventually I did get to eating a lot) and I now sit around 100kg and lean. I try and tell people this and they don't believe me lol

Sta ja znam

Sta ja znam . 3 months ago

Here what i eat in the morning and kinda like it ... So i get oats put it in a bowl put some fruit in it(banana and some berries for me) and just put milk in it and let the oat expand for like 30 mins real good , i heard from my friend that he puts a banana and come cocoa powder in it ... And ofc never put sugar in it lol

Joshua R

Joshua R . 3 months ago

I just want the recipe


Jorrun . 3 months ago



FromBeToReality . 3 months ago

THUMBS UP!! then watch!!!

Alex alvarado

Alex alvarado . 3 months ago

I would eat like that n it fucked me up now I'm diabetic lol but I dont let it stop me I just changed my foods n I'm bulking n looking healthy n feeling so much better now

jarrid carter

jarrid carter . 3 months ago

What about adding a spoon of plain peanut butter and a drizzle of local honey to slow oats? Healthy or nah?

Jay Smith

Jay Smith . 3 months ago


Billy Overton

Billy Overton . 3 months ago

Why doesn't he eat vegetables?

The Divine Pineapple

The Divine Pineapple . 3 months ago

No way is that Jesse! I am a recent subscriber and see how is now not what he used to be. The confidence in him on camera is massively different.

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