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A key component of the formula for bodybuilding success is nutrition. Nutrition is what gives us the raw materials for recuperation, energy and growth. Without a good diet, your dreams of achieving your ideal body will never be reached.
Becoming an effective bodybuilder, means having the proper diet, you will realize a level of fitness you never knew was possible. You should eat a well-balanced nutrition plan that gives you the nutrients you need to have a great body.
Characteristics of a Good Nutrition Program
1. It should favor smaller and frequent feedings throughout the day instead of large and infrequent ones.
2. Every meal should have carbohydrates, protein and fat in the correct ratios. (40% Carbohydrates, 40% Protein, 20% Fats).
3. The calories should be cycled to prevent the metabolism from getting used to a certain caloric level.
Important Nutritional Contents for Bodybuilding
Carbohydrates are your body's main source of energy. When you ingest carbohydrates your pancreas releases a hormone called insulin. Insulin is very important because it grabs the carbohydrates and either stores them in the muscle or stores them as fat.
Most people that are overweight got into that condition because they are eating an overabundance of carbohydrates. Too many carbohydrates cause a huge release of insulin. When there is too much insulin in the body, your body turns into a fat storing machine. Therefore, it is important that we do not eat more carbohydrates than necessary instead of eating the right amount of carbohydrates.
The important constituent of body muscles is protein; it is the building blocks of muscular tissue. Protein also helps to increase your metabolism every time you eat it by 20%. It also makes the carbohydrates timed release, so you get sustained energy throughout the day and body becomes more powerful.
All the cells in the body have some fat in them. Hormones are manufactured from fats. Also fats lubricate your joints. So if you eliminate the fat from your diet, then your hormonal production will go down and a whole array of chemical reactions will be interrupted. Your body will then start accumulating more body fat than usual so that it has enough fat to keep on functioning. Since testosterone production is halted, so is muscle building. Therefore, in order to have an efficient metabolism we need fat.
Water is by far the most abundant substance in our body. Without water, an organism would not survive very long. Most people that come to me for advice on how to get in shape, almost always underestimate the value of water.
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