Why Building Muscle Is The Goal Essay

917 Words Nov 19th, 2015 4 Pages
When building muscle is the goal, most athletes try to eliminate their fat intake. Fat is not “bad” but an important part of everyone’s nutritional needs. Despite the fact that fat is high in calories, there are many health benefits that come from them. In proper balance and moderation, they will aid you in your training regimens and get you stronger and healthier.

1. Energy during Exercise
Twenty minutes into a workout and it feels like you hit a wall. Energy levels drop and so does your performance. By adding a small amount of fat to your pre-workout protein shake, when the carbohydrates run out at the twenty minute mark, the body can then start to burn the fat.

The carb crash is caused by an increase of insulin in the blood stream followed by a rapid decrease in blood sugar when the carbs are all used up. When fat is burned, the body does not release extra insulin and give you a sustained level of energy.

2. Hormones
Both men and women each have certain amounts of both testosterone and estrogen in their bodies. The cholesterol found in saturated fats is used to produce hormones. Not only does the saturated fat help produce hormones, it helps to balance them or to raise the testosterone levels. An increase in testosterone helps to build muscles. With more muscle mass the body burns more fat.
3. Improve Vitamin and Supplement Absorption
There are two kinds of vitamins: water soluble and fat soluble. Fat soluble vitamins, like vitamin A, D, E, and K, need…

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