This is How You’re Stopping Yourself From Building Muscle

This is How You’re Stopping Yourself From Building Muscle

Avoid These Things to Build Muscle Mass

Going to the gym six days a week doesn’t guarantee you’ll build muscle mass. Without even knowing it, you might be doing a few things which could be acting as hurdles between you and your dream physique.

You build muscle when you do a series of right things. Going out of line in a single aspect can negatively affect your gains. In this article, we’ll be listing out five ways you could be stopping yourself from building muscle.

Lack of Recovery

Some people wear the “4-hour sleep a night” tag with pride. If your goal is to build muscle mass, you can’t afford to have anywhere less than seven hours of sleep every night. Your body recovers and puts on muscle size while you’re in deep sleep.

If you face sore muscles too often and can’t seem to recover from your workouts, you should consider using supplements to aid your recovery. Massages, stretching, Epsom salt baths are other effective recovery methods.

Generic Diet Plan

Following a custom diet plan is indispensable when it comes to building muscle mass. You can’t solely rely on making the right decisions when it comes to your daily meals. You should design a diet plan while keeping your daily calorie and macros goals in mind.

Getting professional help if you can’t build your diet plan can save you a lot of effort and time. For your diet plan to be sustainable, make sure it fits into your lifestyle so that you don’t have to make big sacrifices and adjustments to follow it.


When people don’t see results, they push harder, and it might do more harm than good. Overtraining can take a toll on your CNS (central nervous system) and can hamper your immune system.

If you take too long to recover from your workouts, chances are you might be in an overtrained state. Stopping training will be your best bet in situations like these until you get back on track.

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Not Following A Customized Workout Plan

Most people take their workout programs too lightly and are happy following the free workout plans they can find online. You need to remember that no two people have the same genetics or muscle maturity.

Everyone has their strengths and weakness, and you need to device a workout program which works on building your weaker muscle group and polishes your strengths. Getting a customized diet plan will pay dividends in the long run.


If you’re on a timeline, drinking alcohol can act as a setback. As soon as you have a glass of your favorite poison, your body treats it just like that, a glass of poison. On alcohol consumption, your body slows down your metabolism and ramps up the fat storage in your body.

Alcohol is a source of empty calories and does nothing more than add layers of fat on your body. So, if you want to do a transformation, you might want to take your drinking down a notch or two.

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