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Bodybuilding Nutrition - Eating to Grow

Jul 23, 2008
If you're serious about bodybuilding then you need to get serious about your nutrition too. Most new bodybuilders put too much emphasis on blasting their muscles in the gym and ignore this aspect of their training which is just as important as lifting, if not even more so. Remember that you don't grow in the gym, it's what you do outside the gym that helps you to grow.

There are many different nutrients that need to be considered for a bodybuilder to have proper nutrition. If you're growing then carbohydrates should form the bulk of what you eat. You need these carbs for energy in the gym and to make sure that your body is using the protein in your diet for muscle growth rather than energy. Carbohydrates are starches and sugars like fruits, bread, rice and potatoes. You'll also find some carbohydrates in dairy products and vegetables. These should make up 60% of your diet when trying to add size.

Another secret of bodybuilders is to each smaller meals more frequently. Instead of the traditional three meals a day you should try to double that and eat 6 meals a day. These meals will be smaller, but by eating so frequently you'll help to speed up your metabolism. This will help you keep growing, but stay lean at the same time.

It's also important that you schedule your meals. Make a plan and stick to that. Try to get most of your carbohydrates early in the day and right before training. At night you should focus more on protein and good fats. If you make this part of your strategy you'll be helping your muscles to grow.

If you don't have the time or interest to learn about proper nutrition yourself then hire a professional nutritionist. They will be able to put together a proper bodybuilders diet that will keep your energy levels high for the gym and keep you growing. Nutritionists are specialists in nutrition and can help design the proper diet for a growing bodybuilder like yourself.

As an added help talk to other bodybuilders in your gym to find out about their diets and nutrition. They may also be able to help you learn about proper supplements to use that will help you maximize your growth. One other good source of information about both nutrition and training is a personal trainer. Because of their work with the public they have seen many different types of physiques and what it takes to make them grow.

One of the most important aspects of bodybuilding is the proper nutrition necessary to help your body grow. Lifting weights, proper diet and supplements go together to form a whole picture. Bodybuilding is not just about lifting weights. Remember, you are what you eat.
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Learn about supplementing with prohormones and other legal anabolics at the authors website. You can also get advice about post cycle therapy for after your anabolic cycle.
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