When it comes to your muscle gains snacking may very well be hurting your gains. If you struggle to maintain your weight and are trying to put on muscle mass then eating the wrong snacks or not eating snacks between meals could be keeping you from hitting your daily caloric goal which in turn means not adding any weight to your frame.
Now just eating any snack is not going to cut it for you. Downing some cookies and potato chips might push your calorie number up, but those calories aren’t going to do anything for you, they are just going to turn into fat, which is the opposite of what we want to accomplish.
So what should snacking look like when trying to gain muscle?
You want to be eating good sources of protein and healthy fats and carbs for your snacks. Fruit of any kind is always a great option, and don’t worry, the fiber in fruit will allow your body to slowly process the sugar so it won’t go to fat.
Tree nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts are all great calorie dense options that pack a protein and healthy fat punch.
Protein in some low-fat milk is always an excellent quick option for boosting your calorie intake.
Greek yogurt cups with some nuts mixed in is also a great choice.
Snacking doesn’t have to be hard, it just takes some planning. Hitting 2–3 snacks a day can be the difference between gaining weight each week and staying stuck where you are, so don’t overlook the importance of healthy snacking. For more check out our free video course on how to get buff.