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GREAT NUTRITION BODYBUILDER STYLE

GREAT NUTRITION BODYBUILDER STYLE

With kilos of chicken breast, egg whites, supplements and whey powder, the world of bodybuilding nutrition can seem a strange place. Delve a little deeper and it all makes very good nutritional sense, with lessons for all of us.

1.      WHAT ARE BODYBUILDERS AIMING FOR?

Whether it is for competition or simply to look better on the beach (and in clothes), bodybuilders look to build muscle and reduce body fat. The correct body fat percentage is a very personal figure, and is also affected by the desired look and activity. Competitive bodybuilders will look for a very low body fat percentage to show off every muscle. The rest of us probably just want to get rid of the muffin top and the wobbly bits, and replace them with nice toned curves.

2.      WHAT SPECIAL DIET IS NEEDED TO ‘GET RIPPED’?

Bodybuilders need to assess their calorie needs, and define a ratio for their relative intakes of protein, carbohydrates and fats. With that defined, they can then build a meal plan that gives them the nutrients that they need within their calorie limit. That can be the reason for eating only the egg white, as the yolk provides more calories and fat related to its protein.

3.      HOW DOES PROTEIN BUILD MUSCLE?

Muscle building is all about growth (to get more muscle fibres) and repair (to increase the size of those fibres by stressing them). To do that, the body needs the right amount of protein. Too much protein doesn’t help, it has to be part of a balanced diet.

4.      WHAT OTHER NUTRIENTS ARE NEEDED?

It isn’t all chicken breasts and egg whites! Vegetables provide plenty of protein and carbohydrates. Like everyone, bodybuilders need a good mix of nutrients and food sources to meet their fitness goals. Supplements aren’t an essential, although there are reasons for their use for serious muscle.

We all need stronger muscles to keep us moving and protect our joints, even if we aren’t going to be entering muscle competitions.  So the ideas behind bodybuilder nutrition can give us all some benefits.

None of this negates the need for serious long-term work in the gym. No short-cuts there!

the author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

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