Enough food and rest, are two things which many forget are important. If you dont give your body enough rest, the muscles cant grow (or not enough anyway) and it will just take longer to see results. I personally hate rest days, and am someone who can easily skip them. But im drilling into my mind, just how important they are. If i dont rest, i get burnt out and that has the exact opposite results of what i want.
And i can not stress enough, just how important it is with enough energy. For me, personally i need alot of energy. And sometimes i cant quite understand how i can eat soo much, yet not gain weight (apart from muscle weight, that is!) Most days i dont get enough energy into me, which isnt that big a deal, because im getting enough to sustain myself, but not enough to see muscle growth.
But ive noticed that whenever i have times where i eat LOADS, i.e 200g+ nuts/ half a home made loaf of bread/ loads of yoghurt or quark etc… thats when i notice better results.
On Monday & Tuesday i was in the hospital (had loads of different check ups), so i felt too tired to go to the gym, but i did go for a power walk in the morning with my dog. But on both Monday and Tuesday i ate LOADS, i almost felt a little guilty for everything i ate, but you know what.
I do not look bigger. In fact, if i must admit, i look alot leaner…. and my abs look a little bit more visible (or maybe its just the lighting!!?)
Something which i do not understand, is when people (im talking some people on Instagram who have fitspo accounts) that barely ever take rest days, and seem to only eat tiny amounts, how they feel full or even expect to see the results they want.
Though of course, everyone is different. And different things work for different people, and of course… everyone has different goals. But stilll…..
What works for me, is hard work & lots of food and rest!!!
The most important thing, is to find what works for you!