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.
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.
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.
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!
Keep the yokes or you lose amino acids!
What do bodybuilders make with just egg whites? I can'[t imagine omelettes would taste particularly nice...
60 eggs???? I know the cholesterol thing has been debunked but that still seems rather extreme. The chickens must be working hard!
A friend of mine does bodybuilding competitions and when he is training he eats 60 eggs a week. 60! I find it hard to believe that it's good for you, but I guess it's j ok as long as it's just short-term.