The pituitary gland is responsible for secreting a substance called somatotropic hormone which is commonly known as "human growth hormone" into your bloodstream.
Without the pituitary gland it wouldn't matter how many sets or reps of exercises you perform to build muscle. Without it, building your physique would become an exercise in futility. Why? It's HGH human growth hormone that dictates how your body will adapt itself from all your weight lifting you do in the gym!!
Acting as your body's construction supervisor, growth hormone instructs your skeletal bones and muscles to grow larger and stronger while it speeds the conversion of excess fats into energy. In other words, if you get enough human growth hormone circulating around in your body and your body has no choice but to construct itself into something bigger and more muscular.
There are a few things you can do to maximize the production of human growth hormone naturally.
1)Get your sleep. Be sure to get eight hours of sleep each and every night. Not getting enough sleep regularly can lower the amount of growth hormone your body produces daily. Constantly staying up and partying to the wee hours of the morning could be suppressing how efficiently your body distributes human growth hormone during the day.
2)Eat Smarter. Focus on eating six or seven smaller meals during your day instead of three or four larger ones. Consuming large meals containing high glycemic carbs forces the body to release a higher amount of insulin into your body to remove glucose from your blood stream. This reaction not only forces your body to store fat, it may also inhibit the flow of the growth hormone being released throughout your bloodstream. Instead, make a point of foods that will prevent the release of insulin and your blood sugar stable.
3) Pre-workout nutrition: Consume a chicken breast sandwich a couple of hours before you exercise. Food Researchers have discovered that consuming a protein-carbohydrate meal two hours prior to working out and another meal immediately afterward brought on a significant increase in both human growth hormone an testosterone within the bloodstream.
Also don’t workout on a full stomach. Researchers at UCLA found that those who exercised with partially digested food in their stomachs experienced up to a 54 percent decrease in the production of growth hormone. Moreover, those who were fed strictly carbohydrates prior to a workout still experienced a lower production of growth hormone by up to 24 percent.
4) Get the most from your training and do the right exercises. A recent study in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that the frequency and amount of growth hormone the body secretes is comparative to the intensity of your workout. Subjects who exercised at a higher intensity experienced greater and more frequent releases of growth hormone after their workouts. So the majority of your weight lifting movements should be compound movements such as bench press, squats, deadlifts, and shoulder press. Compound movements are far more intense than performing sets of Isolation movements.
5) Don't be a pig before bedtime. Never eat a large meal within two hours of going to sleep. This is because insulin spikes have a negative effect on growth hormone production.
So again research has shown that the body releases the greatest amount of growth hormone during the first two hours of sleep. Having high levels of insulin which occurs after eating high glycemic (bad carbs) meal hinders this higher output of growth hormone, which is a sure way to hinder your muscle building results. When you sleep this is when your body recovers and grows!!! So be sure to eat a meal before bedtime two hours before hand and the meal consists of a lean protein and low glycemic carbs!!