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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

BODYBUILDING NUTRITION

Nutrition  is a critical key as it provides  the  fuel  you need not only to survive  but  also  to build muscle and provide energy .
For  body builder  as well as  as for  anyone wishing to lose a little fat  eating small frequent meals throughout the day will increase metabolism and  prevent your  body from feeding  on muscle mass to maintain energy for body builder losing  muscle is the last thing you want.
Here is the truth about carbohydrates   protein and fat.
Protein i believe is the most important  nutrient for  the body builder it is so important because  it actually  feeds the lean muscle tissue  of your  body.Not taking  in enough  protein means  you will lose lean muscle tissue.
Muscle  tissue not only gives your body shape  and definition it burns  more  calories even at rest  than  fatty  tissue .Shape and definition  is what  body building is all about.

Have  you ever seen anyone who has  lost alot of wight but  doesn't really look well? They look like  a smaller version  of their former self but the skin seems to hang  loosely and their  body just doesn't  fill out their  new smaller clothes properly. These  people  have lost  alot of muscle as well  as fat  in the course of their diet and simply don't have  enough muscle to give their  body a good shape.

Some examples of high quality  protein rich foods  include  chicken turkey  fish egg whites lean red meat protein powders.

Carbohydrate are also important in body building nutrition as carbs are one of the most significant nutrients your body needs for  energy.In fact carbohydrates are your body's primary source  of fuel because it kick starts your pancreas to produce insulin a hormone that plays a large role in how proteins and fats are stored  insulin a hormone that  plays a large role in how proteins and fats are stored.

But you must be careful of carbs.
Too many carbohydrates means too many calories and too many calories as will make you fat.

It is all too easy to eat too many carbs because it is so convenient to do so .Snack bars and sugary foods  are everywhere and they are addictive .While  they satisfy an immediate need .They are burned quickly and leave us feeling hungry after an hour or so of eating them  and we go back for more.No wonder  north  ammericans are getting fatter.
Insulin role in body building  nutrition is that it  latches onto the carbs and will store them as fat  or or with in the muscle.plus the insulin snatches the amino acids that make up protein and uses it for the rejuvenation  and repair of muscle cells. It  is important  to eat the right amount  carbohydrates  so that  your body will use it as fuel without alot of excess  to be  stored as fat.
The reason  that  low carb/high  protein dies have  been  popular is that  the reduction in insulin producing  sugars results in less fat  storage .But when you  deprive  your body of its preferred fuel you are going  to have less  energy . Less energy  means it will be  harder for you to do the exercise necessary to maintain or  build muscle tissue. This  obviously is not good body building nutrition .
Fat is the final  nutrient to considered, but it too is important.
You can't have  a fat free  body and you shouldn't  eat a fat  free  diet. A certain amount of fat in your  body is important as  a cushion for  vital organs insulation  against hot  and cold temperatures maintaining and improving  the condition of hair skin and nails and as  an energy  source for the  the body.
Although fats  burn slower in the  body and you are less likely to be hungry  soon after eating  them  it doesn't mean you should eat lots of it in the right proportion to your body weight  fat is  part of  good body building nutrition and will actually  help you to gain  muscle and lose body fat.
Here  is a simple  formula to help you determine the proper daily amounts of protein carbohydrates and fat  that  should be in your diets for  good body building  nutrition.  Weigh yourself before  using this formula.


1gram of protein per pound of body weight
1gram of carbohydrates  per pound of body weight
22 grams of fat  per pound of body weight

so far example a 150 person would require;
150 grams of protein per day
150 grams  of  arbs per day.

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