Principles Of Healthy Eating And Bodybuilding Essay

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Healthy Eating and Bodybuilding
The appearance of a bodybuilder is generally the fine figure of health, so it should be that a bodybuilders is the fine figure of health. For this reason, it is imperative that the bodybuilder adapts the healthy eating guidelines to suit his/her nutrition. Some principles of healthy eating are not entirely in line with the ideal bodybuilding diet in order to achieve optimum results; for example the average individual would not consume anywhere where near as much protein as a bodybuilder would. Some bodybuilders argue that a 'normal' diet is just not suitable for optimum muscle growth. I feel, eating a good diet is crucial in order to stay healthy, and staying healthy is, in turn crucial, for maximum training
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High fibre foods are also useful for weight control, as fibre foods are more satisfying, so if you are more full, it helps you to stop wanting to snack on fatty and sugary foods.
Include plenty of fruit and vegetables - 5 servings a day - a must for bodybuilders
Limit the amount of fried or fatty foods you eat - definitely important for bodybuilders, although some types of fat should be eaten. We look at types of fat in our fats article.
Reduce your sugar intake - swap high sugar foods for low sugar alternatives - also suitable as part of a bodybuilding diet. Unless an individual is the extremely lean hard gainer type, who struggles to gain weight, in which case, sugar can become a useful source of energy.
Try to get to a healthy weight and stay there - bodybuilders are often classed as 'overweight' according to the weight-for-height tables. In reality they obviously are not, from a fat point of view, so a degree of subjectivity is needed.
Be careful not to use too much salt - in agreement with the bodybuilding diet
Keep to sensible alcohol limits - a keen bodybuilder will only drink very occasionally although a small amount of alcohol can have some health benefits.

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