Muscle Building “Tip of the Day”

Article by Jim Clements

There is one major factor that is often overlooked when it comes to building muscle. Many people spend hours and hours in the gym with little or no results and can’t seem to figure out why. Some have trouble gaining muscle while others struggle to burn fat.

What they don’t realize is that people come in many different shapes and sizes and therefor need to work a plan that is created specifically for their body type. For instance, someone who is thin and struggles to gain weight in muscle would not work the same plan as someone who is larger and needs to lose fat. However, this is typically how people often approach it.

The fact is, if you are not working a plan that is specific to your body type, you’re waisting your time. If you need to gain muscle you should be working a plan that focuses on exercises that stimulate stubborn muscles. Generally speaking, lifting heavy for fewer reps will help stimulate muscle growth with a muscle promoting diet. If you are overweight you need to focus on exercises that focus on burning fat. Yes, they are completely different. When you are burning fat the goal is to burn calories. This requires longer sets with less weight and a diet that is lower in calories and requires foods with a lower Glycemic Index.

Not all diets are equal either. There are different ways to eat just as there are different ways to exercise. Those who need to lose weight would not have the same diet plan as those who need to gain weight. For instance, if you are looking to gain muscle weight, you need to eat more calories than you are burning so your muscles have the supplies they need to build during the rest and repair period. Of course, if you are trying to lose fat, you need to eat less calories than your are burning.

Not only that, you must be aware that some foods can fool you into thinking they are good for losing weight. Fruits are a common food eaten by people trying to lose weight. What you may not realize is that unless you are eating the skin of the fruits or accompanying it with protein or fiber you are doing yourself a disservice. Why? Because fruit is full of sugar. Sugar is digested very quickly and creates more insulin in your body than can be used during the digestion of the fruit. If you don’t eat anything but the skinless fruit, that insulin eventually becomes fat. So adding protein to your diet helps use that extra insulin.

Choosing a plan that fits you can seem a little overwhelming and can keep you from achieving your goals all by itself. However, if you learn the basics and stick to them, achieving your goals may be easier than you think.

So, whether you are just beginning or are struggling with your current plan, remember – if you aren’t working the right plan for your body type, you are in for a long painful ride.

Jim Clements is the President and CEO of, a company dedicated to providing you with the information and tools necessary for building muscle, burning fat, and maximizing muscle definition.