Serious athletes all over the world tend to make the same serious mistakes with their bodybuilding diets and workout plans. Here are 7 mistakes bodybuilders make, and how to avoid them.
1. Judging by the scales, weight gain versionGaining 2 pounds of muscle is great. Gaining 0.2 pounds of muscle and 1.8 pounds of fat, not so much. If you are scrawny trying to become brawny, you need to more concerned about muscle mass than about total body mass.
2. Judging by the scales, weight loss versionLosing 2 pounds of fat is great. Losing 0.2 pounds of fat and 1.8 pounds of muscle is not. If you are trying to take off pounds, use methods that measure fat tissue and lean tissue and focus on losing fat while preserving muscle. Very, very few athletes manage to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. Your gym usually will have equipment that can help you measure your weight in terms of fat and muscle.
3. Sacrificing form for powerSuppose you do 10 reps of a 50-pound weight in perfect form. The next time you come to the gym, you are sleepy or you have a cold or you just got chewed out at your job, and you hit the wall at 5 repetitions. You scrunch into bad form to get 5 more reps done.
Your muscles don't care what the muscles around them do. They only care what they do. You are better off to do 10 repetitions in perfect form at a lower weight, or just the 5 repetitions you can do perfectly, than just to try to make your numbers. A perfect bodybuilding diet can't compensate for bad form.