VerutumRX While this doesn't give you permission to pig-out on days when you exercises, it does permit you to eat somewhat larger portions of healthy food than you would on off days. Look "bigger" than you really are. Do so by putting more emphasis on your upper body, chest, back and shoulders. When you do this, your waist will appear narrower while giving the appearance of being larger than you actually are. Many people begin increasing their protein intake immediately upon beginning a program to build muscle which is a mistake. Doing so can mean a boost in calories consumed, and if these are not getting burned off by the exercise, fat can start forming. Instead of adding in a large amount of protein all at once, try substituting other foods in your diet for protein, or adding it in small increments. This is the best way to give your body a chance to use the protein that you are consuming in the proper way. See if you can work opposing groups of muscles within the same workout, using the chest muscles in conjunction with back muscles or hamstrings together with the quad muscles. This will let one muscle group rest while the other is working. This will help you increase the intensity of your workout since your time in the gym will be limited. Your caloric intake needs to be high enough to support your muscle building regimen. There are various online calculators that may help you find your needs for how much muscle you want to gain. Use a calculator, and then adjust your diet accordingly. Try including plyometric exercise into your routine. This work smaller, "fast-twitch" muscle fibers, stimulating muscle growth. Plyometric exercises are a different kind of exercise that rely more on acceleration than strength. For example, during plyometric push-ups, you would pull your hands off the floor and lift your body as high as possible. Coming up with a beneficial muscle building workout routine will keep you strong and help to avoid injuries.