Bodybuilding Diet


The diet of a bodybuilder is what can make or break his body. People tend to think that if you workout, you can achieve the body you want no matter what you eat. This could not be further from the truth. A bodybuilding diet needs to be balanced and nutritious. Although it is possible to get a relatively good physique if you eat what you want when you want, you are not going to reach that next level of fitness and performance simply by eating junk food.

A bodybuilding diet should consist of a lot of protein. Protein is what helps muscles to grow after they are stressed from a workout. It is beneficial therefore to consume some protein within thirty minutes of a workout. This can be in the form of a protein shake, which is exactly what many bodybuilders do. You should try and eat about 1 gram of protein for each pound of bodyweight per day. This will ensure you are getting enough protein. You should get this from food as well as from protein shakes/powders.

Other foods that bodybuilders and weight lifters should eat on a regular basis include:

  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Beans
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Lean meats
  • Fish
  • Egg
  • Low-fat dairy products

Bodybuilders should eat small regular meals throughout the day. 5-7 small meals are ideal, rather than the traditional 3 large meals. BY eating small regular meals, you are giving your body constant fuel and not allowing it to eat into your muscle reserves.

Bodybuilders should be taking in more calories than they burn. This is because muscles need to grow, and if your calories are depleted then your body will start taking from your muscle tissue. Thatís not to say you should pig out on hamburgers. You need good calories - those listed in the foods above.

Your bodybuilding diet should compliment your workout routine. Yu will be amazed at just how fast your body bulks up if you follow a healthy, nutritious diet in combination with a steady workout schedule.