Monday, September 17, 2012

Important As What You Eat

A sound bodybuilding program gets built on a foundation of nutrition, without a proper men's nutrition plan, you are doomed to failure before you even start.
Most body builders eat several small meals throughout the day, instead of the traditional three large square meals that most of us are accustomed to; you see when it comes to building muscle, less is more in regards to your food intake, and timing is everything.
When you work out you need to ensure that your body always has sufficient level of nutrients, eating regularly throughout the day will ensure that you don't become deficient in essential vitamins, minerals and other essential resources.
All meals are important when following a muscle building, program but breakfast and post-workout, are two of the key meal times that are crucial to your overall success.
Not providing your body with the nutrients it needs at these times will seriously damage your muscle building ambitions.
Do not skimp on breakfast!
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day for anyone, but this is especially true for body builders and those who work out on a regular basis. If you are following a workout program, missing or skimping on breakfast is one of the worst things that you can do.
As soon as you wake-up, your body is crying out for nutrients. It has been without food for eight hours and needs nutritional replenishment. If your body does not receive nutrients at this time, it will start to break down muscle tissue for energy, which means all your hard work is going to waste. In essence, your workout program is going backwards.
Having five slices of toast, a bowl of Corn Flakes and two cups of coffee might be OK if you have no ambition to be healthy, but, it is certainly not the kind of breakfast that will power a successful muscle building program.
A balanced breakfast will consists of high quality proteins, complex and simple carbohydrates and essential fatty acids. The intake of each largely depends on your workout schedule.
If your breakfast is before a workout, you may want to include more carbohydrates, and maybe a quick-digesting protein such as whey. If your breakfast is after a workout, you might consume a higher ratio of proteins.
The post workout meal:
The post workout meal is even more important than breakfast; if you do not eat properly after a workout then you completely negate any gains and benefits made during your session.
During a rigorous workout your body takes a battering and all its resources are completely stripped and depleted. A balanced post-workout meal allows your body to recoup the lost nutrients, which are essential for both muscle repair and growth.
A meal full of protein and carbohydrates with minimal amounts of fat will ensure your body gets exactly what it needs after a good training session.
A typical post workout meal might consist of a protein shake made from Whey and a Banana. This will provide you with everything needed to fuel your muscle recovery, and growth.
Every Meal Counts!
As well as having a good breakfast and post workout meal, you will need to eat at least three other nutritional meals throughout the day.
Your daily food intake should comprise of at least two heavy meals and three light meals, with a total breakdown of around 40% carbohydrates, 40% proteins and 20% essential fats
For any body building men's nutrition plan to be successful, it needs to be consistent. If you eat that the right foods at the right times, then you are already half-way down the road to success.

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