Nutrition And Balance With Bodybuilding


Balance is The Key

Many inexperienced (sometimes even experienced!) gym regulars believe that muscles grow while lifting weights.

However lifting weights forms only a small fraction of the muscle building process.

Muscle development takes place at night during deep sleep when the body synthesizes new cells with nutrients from our diet.

Therefore nutrition forms a very important part of a bodybuilding program.

The body utilizes nutrients in food to perform daily metabolic and what’s commonly referred to as the “wear and tear processes”.

With bodybuilding, additional strain is put on the body to make new muscle tissues.

Therefore the nutrient requirements also shoots up to stay with the demand.

The best bodybuilding nutrition comes from a balance of carbohydrates, adequate protein, vitamins, minerals, fats and large amounts of water.

So if you are serious about getting lean and ripped it’s time to say goodbye to french fries, burgers, colas and other synthetic foods.

Adopt eating habits that include fruits, whole grains, milk, eggs and fresh farm products.

How much protein do you need?

Your growing muscles need amino acids to create new tissues. The amino acids are provided by protein in your diet. There is a lot of debate on the exact quantity of protein required in bodybuilding. The caution to maintain is that extreme amounts of protein in the diet can cause gastric and renal complications. You want balance in your diet. The right amount of carbs, proteins, & fats. Recent studies have suggested that a protein intake of 1 to 1.4 grams per unit of body weight is adequate to sustain the bodybuilding process. This means that the protein requirement of a 70 kg individual should be around 150 to 200 grams. To give an estimate of the amount involved consider the following: A 100 gm chicken breast has 22 grams of protein, a glass of milk has 8 grams,an egg approximately 5 grams and a slice bread 3 grams.

A word of caution against the tide of bodybuilding supplements in markets. Many times you come across advertisements proclaiming, ‘Gain 20 pounds of muscle in 3 months flat!’. Stay clear of these money hungry advertisers. Building lean muscle takes time and effort. Making use of synthetic products which alter body’s natural mechanism would offset what should be your real purpose in bodybuilding which is to keep the body fit and healthy.

Lastly in bodybuilding it’s not, ‘the more is better’. Rather it is ‘the more precise the better’. Don’t over exert, eat balanced food and include plenty of rest. With everything good in life, patience, commitment, and balance will guarantee your success. With these tips in mind you are all set to pump iron!

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