Where do bodybuilders go wrong?: Dietary tips for bodybuilders

Am I in the wrong gym? No, that’s a poor excuse. Finding a decent gym shouldn’t be a challenge.

Do we give up to easy? No, most of us like being in the gym more than we do our own homes.

Do we work the wrong muscles? Perhaps, sometimes we focus too much on some muscles and not enough on others.

The real problem is our diet! It’s obvious! Before you even start your reps, it’s the first thing you should be thinking of.  A bad diet will affect your stamina, your body fat and your muscle development.  If you want to build that muscle you got to put down that fried chicken, boil that turkey fillet and steam those green veg. But it’s all fine having a good diet, you’ve also got to have the right diet.

Simple changes and additions to your diet and the hard work you’re going to do anyway will get you to the size you want to be in no time. First, you’ll need to:

Drink plenty of water. Water is the most important part of your diet. Don’t confuse thirst dehydration for hunger pains. A useful guideline is to divide your weight in kilograms by 30. For example somebody weighing 70 kg is going to need 2.3 liters per day. You’ll need to drink this much everyday and probably more if you’ve been exercising.

Make shakes your new best friend. Shakes for bodybuilders will help you pile on the pounds easily, you’ll recover more quickly and you’ll train harder. You can serve them with water, juice, yoghurt or milk. Before the gym, after the gym, they are a very easy whey, sorry, of getting massive.

Eat more Beans. And not the baked variety, I mean kidney beans, broad beans, chickpeas. Not only are they packed full to the brim with protein they also are a top source of fibre. This’ll help the absorption of nutrients and supplements as well as helping out your bowels.

Eat lean red meat sparingly. It’s what you’ve been waiting for me to say. Red meat, yum. But you gotta treat ‘em mean, keep ‘em lean. Lean ground beef and choice cuts of red meat are the food  for building mass. Packed with calories the high gainers should be looking at this and slobbering. But don’t  eat too much, red meat is also full of saturated fats and we don’t want too many of those bad boys.

Eat Chicken and Turkey. This is much more healthy than red meat and is great for getting BIG. Full of protein and low in saturated fats and trans fats.

Get some slow burning carbs down you. Sweet potatoes, porridge, eat these before you work out and you will last so much longer. These are the carbs that you want, fuelling your body for a hard working shift in the weights room.

Slurp those egg whites down.  A protein to fat ratio of 60:1, egg whites are one of the cheapest and the purest forms of protein in the world. All bodybuilders should eat them, if you aren’t, I suggest you get cracking.

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