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By Beginner Bodybuilding Guide
Working hard in the gym is only half the battle. If these workouts are not supported with a rigorous and well planned diet, all the efforts will be wasted. Many bodybuilders don't pay enough attention to what they put in their bodies, and thus fail to maximize their strength gains. Here are some beginner bodybuilding diet tips that will put you on the right track for success:
1) You will need to eat A LOT. Your body burns a set number of calories each day, depending on your age, weight, sex, and activity level. If you eat less than this number, you will lose weight. Thus, to gain weight, including muscle mass, you will need to eat more calories than this level. This doesn't mean eating six pizzas every day, however. If you eat too many calories, you will just be putting on extra fat. Shoot for approximately 500 calories over your body's requirements to get the best balance between muscle and fat gain.
2) Focus on lean proteins. These can come from many different foods, including turkey, chicken, milk, egg whites, and others rich in nutrients. Even a protein shake before and after your work out would be a great idea. Red meat, like hamburgers and steaks, are fine once in a while, but don't overdo it.
3) Make sure your diet is supplemented with the proper balance in carbs and fats as well. Don't buy into the "carb craze" and avoid them in an attempt to avoid fat. All you will end up doing is losing out on the energy stores you'll need to complete your workout. In addition, make sure your body gets the micronutrients it needs to operate at peak efficiency. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and the like can be obtained from fruits, vegetables, and other 'colorful' fruits. Eat a lot, but eat well.
4) Drink lots of fluids. Your muscles are made mostly of water, and will need vast quantities in order to recover from the trauma of workouts. You can also prevent injury by making sure your muscles are properly hydrated. Shoot for at least a gallon of water a day.
5) Supplement your diet with pills, shakes, bars, and other protein and bodybuilding products. The key word here is SUPPLEMENT. They should add onto an already preexisting quality diet, not stand in for it. Avoid dangerous and untested products. It goes without saying, as well, to avoid illegal products, like steroids, and other drugs that aren't illegal but may yield health risks down the line.
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