Whether you want to build lean muscle or you want to bulk up, nutrition and what you eat are essential to your success.
In today’s article, I want to talk about the bodybuilder’s diet. This is what a typical bodybuilder should eat. I am not talking about the actual proportions but I want to talk about the variety of foods that should be present in every meal of the day.
The first important food that should be put on your plate is one that contains protein. If you want healthy sources of protein, you can opt for chicken (without the skin), lean beef, and fish. You can also eat pork if you want, provided that you eat the lean ones.
Now, in terms of proportion, it depends on your ultimate goal. If you just want to get lean muscle and maintain a steady weight, make sure that you eat 1 gram of protein for every pound of lean weight.
For example, if you currently weight 170lbs, you should aim for 170 grams of protein in order to build muscle effectively. Since you’re going to eat 3 times a day, divide this number by 3 and aim to the protein equivalent of this equation.
For bulking bodybuilders, aim to consume 1.5 grams of protein per pound of lean body weight. Again, take this number and divide it by 3 (or 6 depending on you) and then aim to eat the protein equivalent of the equation.
Protein is very important for muscle growth as it contains the agents necessary for your muscles to develop.
The next thing you need to put on your plate are fibrous carbohydrates. Fibrous carbohydrates are foods that contain carbs and a healthy dose of dietary fiber. Some examples of fibrous carbohydrates are soybeans and humus.
Some gym rats would tell you not to eat carbohydrates when you’re trying to build muscle but that is just pure BS. Your body needs the carbs because it is one of the major sources of energy and without energy, your body will not be able to perform at peak levels.
Another thing you would want to add to your plate are foods that contain healthy fats. You can use condiments and other snack alternatives such as peanut butter, for example. You can also add tuna into the mix as well as it contains a healthy amount of Omega-3 fatty acids that are good for your heart.
So to recap, what you should put on your plate are foods that contain protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Those are the three main components that you need on your plate in order to build muscles.
You might think that this is BS because of the fact that it contains carbs and fats. But, did you know that carbs and fats are important macronutrients?
Macronutrients are nutrients that are needed by your body in bulk so that it can grow at an optimal level.
So, if you’re looking to build muscle, whether you’re going for lean muscle mass or you want to bulk up, be sure to eat protein, carbs, and fats.