15 Proven Ways to Gain Lean Muscle Mass While Staying Ripped

You want to be big AND you want to stay ripped? Join the club.

There are plenty of lean mass schemes. out there for a reason: Your body doesn’t want to stay lean. In fact, our bodies tend to like being heavier. It’s much easier for our bodies to store fat than it is to build muscle. Being massive and lean is a tough task for your body to accomplish. It’s going to take time and patience. These 15 tips will help keep the extra pounds off and help you add slabs of beef to your frame.

1. Follow IIFYM: “If it fits your macros”

Flexible dieting has a lot of benefits, but a common misconception is that guys who follow the “If It Fits Your Macros” method just eat candy and junk all day. IIFYM isn’t a diet. Rather, it’s a system that can be very useful. Some 80% of your diet will come from whole food sources that are loaded with plenty of micronutrients; these include all your typical “bro” foods. The biggest benefit to IIFYM is that you can be flexible with your food choices. Basically, you can still eat out with friends, have birthday cake, and go to parties while still getting results.

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