Showing posts with label bodybuilding food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bodybuilding food. Show all posts
Friday, December 11, 2015

Gaining Weight to Lose Weight?

Let’s pretend two individuals are sitting at home on the couch one day. The first guy, Mr. Skinny, is 130 pounds. The second guy, Mr. Muscle, is 240 pounds. They both sit on the couch at about 10% body fat. Mr. Muscle just sits there holding about 110 pounds of muscle that Mr. Skinny does not.

We give them the same pile of food to eat, every day, for one month. Totaling 4,000 calories, this it’s a diet rich in poultry, beef, rice, and pasta. They have to just sit on the couch and do nothing for that month.

Muscle Building


What do they look like at the end of the month? Remember they have had identical activity levels (none) and eaten the exact same amount of food. At the end of that month, Mr. Skinny would have gained a great deal of weight. Mr. Muscle would remain the same.

How can this be? Why would Mr. Muscle automatically burn up more calories than Mr. Skinny, who got fat as a result of what were excess calories to him? The answer lies in lean body mass. Mr. Muscle carries about 110 more pound of muscle on his frame than Mr. Skinny does. And all that muscle requires more maintenance calories, even if it is just to sit on the couch all day.

The secret to being lean then, of course, is to hold more muscle on your frame. The more muscle you hold, the more calories your metabolism will automatically burn up each day. The less muscle you hold, the fewer calories you need each day.

Mr. Skinny is an example of those habitual dieters you see who can never seem to keep fat off. Mr. Muscle is an example of the guy you know who never does cardio, yet holds some good muscle and always seems to be at a low body fat anyway. What is his secret? Simple. He holds more muscle.
The lesson you can learn from this is simple. Add muscle to your body to lose body fat. If you wish to be lean, you shouldn’t just diet continually until you are essentially a ‘bone rack’. Instead, you should take a few months to add muscle, and don’t worry about dieting down. Once you have an additional ten-pound of muscle on your frame, you will discover you are able to automatically stay leaner all year round.

Bottom line: If you want to lose fat, you need to gain muscle!
Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Necessity Of Proper Nutrition During Bodybuilding Training

Lots of people are becoming more and more attentive to the need of developing that perfect body as has been illustrated on fitness magazines over and over again. The quest for the fit body has seen the rise of many gyms around the cities and towns in which we live in. It is not only gyms that have been opened to support this phenomenon but the market is now awash with health spas and various other fitness centers. These facilities are attracting fitness aficionados and they are making roaring business.


The media is instrumental in making the public aware about various happenings and this has not been the exception when we consider the manner in which various fitness aspects have been presented to the viewing public. There are numerous ads that call for the use of this and that fitness supplement or this and that fitness machine. More than ever in history people are now being made aware of their fitness through a whole lot of media channels and also over the Internet.

Healthy nutrition

A person who is intent to get fit and lead a healthy lifestyle will not bother too much about this and that hyped product because he or she understands what is required; this boils down to regular exercise and proper dieting. Apart from this, the only thing that can be added is the determination and endeavor to succeed in this quest.

Exercise and diet are two of the most compatible bedfellows; each is as important as the other if at all there will be success on the fitness front. The diet that you choose to follow will be the main determinant of whether you are making the proper inroads that are required for success. The chosen diet should be able to supply your body with the right nutrients that are required for both growth and the recovery of worn out muscles and tissues. The importance of maintaining a proper diet can be evidenced by the fact that there are lots of products that have been developed in this area ranging from dietary programs, guides, and books. There are also professional diet consultants and professionals who seek to guide persons that have problems in these areas. To add on to these we are now at a stage where there are fat diets and carbohydrate diets…quite amazing to say the least.

The evolution of such diets is not necessarily a market gimmick as many will tend to dismiss them but when you consider what is entailed here you will grasp the importance that is attached. A carbohydrate diet will augur well with a bodybuilder mostly because it will be the source of glycogen which is the chief energy source stored in both the liver and the body muscles. We all know how important this is for the aerobic exercise regimens.

Fats have their own importance in the bodybuilding process though this is a topic for another day. Their inclusion in the diet needs to be watched though lest this results in unwanted fat accumulation and thus proving counterproductive for the fitness effort.