body building biceps dietA Body Building Diet invariably “bulks up” or adds weight. The only way to gain weight, whether it’s fat or muscle, is to consume more calories than you expend. A body building diet usually consists of 5 or 6 meals a day. Body building considers nutrition equally important as exercise.

Protein (amino acids) is essential for life and health. Body building increases the demand for protein and the training will break existing muscle down if it does not get enough from your diet.

Good sources of protein include fresh and canned fish, lean cuts of red meat, chicken, turkey, low fat milk and yogurt, low fat cottage cheese, egg whites, soy products and whey protein powder.

Any body building diet should contain plenty of unrefined carbohydrates. Carbohydrates convert into glucose and glycogen in the body and are the only macronutrients that can supply your body with immediate energy.

Good sources of carbohydrates include whole meal bread, potatoes, brown rice, pasta, couscous, and fresh, canned, and dried fruit.

Fats are crucial to your ability to gain weight. One gram of fat contains more than twice the number of calories of protein or carbohydrate. A tablespoon of oil contains 100 calories (as many as a banana), so incorporate good fats into your diet.

A body building diet will incorporate “good fats” such as those found in olive oil, avocados, oily fish, flax, sunflower, safflower, cod liver oil, and some raw nuts. Essential Fatty Acids also known as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that are found in polyunsaturated fats, particularly oily fish are important for good health in general.

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