Building Muscle Starts With Building The Right Kind Of Diet
Everyone knows that a good fitness routine needs to be combined with a healthy diet. What you may not know is that the specialized exercise routine you use to build up muscle mass calls for an equally-specialized diet. Here are a few dietary tips to consider for maximum muscle-growth results.
Weight loss is the default fitness goal, so you’ll see a whole lot of diet advice about how to cut down on calories. This is exactly what you don’t want to do when you’re out to build muscle mass! Improving the tone and size of your muscles needs tons of energy for the requisite exercise. The actual construction of new muscle calls for a lot of nutritional input, too.
Carbohydrates are also demonized in a lot of weight-loss programs, but they are your friends when you get aggressive about muscle-building. As mentioned above, your body’s going to need fuel for all the exercise you put it through. That’s where carbohydrates come in. You’re not going to give carbs the time to convert themselves into fat; your carbohydrate intake should be carefully regulated to meet the needs of your next workout. The real benefit of this is that it allows your body to devote the lion’s share of the protein you give it to building new muscle tissue.
Speaking of that protein, you may have seen some people go hog-wild with the stuff when they want to build up their muscles. Hundreds of grams of protein in shakes are sometimes coupled with lean meat by the pound. If you make sure that your body gets the fuel it needs from a well-rounded diet, though, your protein needs are not so extreme. Speaking in general, a gram of protein per pound of body mass is quite sufficient to foster excellent muscle growth.
Surprisingly, that “well-rounded” diet can and should include a little fat. Just like the right kind of carbs, the right kind of fat can provide your body with an outstanding source of easily-accessible energy. You should be on the lookout for fat sources that contribute hard-to-get nutrients, too. Salmon, for instance, will provide you with omega-3 fatty acids while also satisfying some of your protein needs.
Now that you’ve learned a bit about what to eat, you should give some consideration to when you eat it. Some people with muscle-building experience swear by eating immediately prior to a workout; others say that a post-workout meal is essential. Some insist that BOTH is the answer. You will have to let your personal tastes guide you; for some working out on a full stomach is impossible no matter how healthy the meal is. One point that is considerably less contentious is that your meals should be broken up and spaced evenly throughout the day. Small, regular portions of food encourage healthier metabolic action than large meals separated by long gaps. This will encourage your body to put your food to work efficiently.
If you incorporate this knowledge into your muscle-building diet, you’ll find that completing your workouts gets easier and their results become more impressive. Refining your dietary knowledge will only increase the positive effect that proper nutrition can have on your exercise routine.