How Bodybuilding Is Rapidly Growing Growth Essay

701 Words Feb 4th, 2016 3 Pages
Bodybuilding is rapidly growing in popularity all around the world. It is especially interesting from a sports nutrition standpoint. I selected this article because there aren’t many peer reviewed, scientific studies about bodybuilding. Also, this article is not biased towards one nutrition plan or another, it takes evidence from other studies and tries to come up with the best overall macronutrient plan, nutrient intake time, and supplementation. The authors of this article first looked at caloric intake/deficit while dieting in the final four months of their preparation. Although this sport is very individualistic, researchers found that instead of dieting aggressively for a short two months, losing approximately 0.5 to 1% of bodyweight weekly is better in regards to lean body mass retention. The current AMDR for protein for the average person is 0.8 g/kg bodyweight and a range of 1.2-2.2 g/kg for the average athlete. But, because bodybuilders perform both resistance and cardiovascular training, protein requirements increase. This article proposes evidence from past studies that when using a low volume, low intensity resistance training bodybuilders retained lean body mass better when consuming 1.6 g/kg of protein versus 2.4 g/kg. Recent studies suggest that the most appropriate range of protein while in caloric restriction (dieting) is 2.3-3.1 g/kg of lean body mass. Like protein intake, carbohydrate intake is very dependent on an individual’s needs. This article…

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