What's A Diet?
The word diet typically sends shivers through people's spine as it is often associated with starvation and with being food deprived. However, a diet is merely the food choices that one makes on a daily basis. For a bodybuilding diet we need to make sure that we select foods that help us to repair and grow from the workouts that we perform while at the same time fostering either a fat burning or a muscle gaining environment.
What Makes Up A Great Bodybuilding Diet?
A great bodybuilding diet, in my opinion, is a balanced diet consisting of 40% carbs, 40% proteins, and 20% Good Fats. This sort of diet seems to work best for the purposes of losing body fat while gaining some muscle. Depending on whether you want to mainly gain muscle and bulk up or mainly lose body fat, you will adjust your calories upwards or downwards accordingly.
Carbohydrates are the body's main source of energy, and on a bodybuilding diet they should come mainly from complex slow releasing sources such as oatmeal, grits, brown rice, sweat potatoes in combination with fibrous sources such as green beans and broccoli.
Proteins, the building blocks for all tissues in the body, should come from chicken, turkey, tuna, and lean red meats.
Fats, which are used by the body to manufacture hormones, lubricate the joints, brain function and other essential items, should mainly come from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated sources. Canned extra virgin olive oil and flax seed oil should be the main sources of these.
What Bodybuilding Diet Should You Choose?
The bodybuilding diet that you have to choose depends on your level of experience and on your bodybuilding goals.
Note On Competition Bodybuilding Diets
Because of the individual nature of a person's metabolism, a bodybuilder looking to compete and look his/her best may need the diet to be adjusted to fit their individual metabolism. People with higher metabolisms that are leaner can get away with more carbohydrates and less cardiovascular exercise while less leaner people with a more normal, or even slow metabolism, can benefit from the diets as is. I recommend that if bodybuilding competition is your goal, you hire a bodybuilding coach that can help you with this process of figuring out what works best with your metabolism instead of following someone else’s pre-contest plan.
The better you follow your bodybuilding diet, the better your bodybuilding gains will be. Stay focused, be consistent, and you'll achieve the body of your dreams in record time!