The third of our bodybuilding nutrition principles encourages you to consume enough calories. To feel energized enough to complete your workout, you will be required to eat the right amount of calories. A lack of calories will assuredly make you feel like a limp piece of lettuce by the end of your workout routine.
It is a proven fact that less than 1600 calories a day will not contain all the vitamins and minerals that you will require in order to maintain a healthy body, prevent disease and perform well in your chosen sport, or for that matter your daily living. A very low calorie diet, continued for a period of two weeks, can have a very serious effect on your health. They will not provide you with the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) of enough of the nutrients needed for good health.
The Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) were the national standard for the correct amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and vitamins and minerals that we need in our diets in order to maintain health and growth and to avoid certain deficiency diseases. In recent years the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI), were set up to bring the RDAs up to date and are based of more functional criteria. Under certain conditions, for example, stress, illness, malnutrition and exercise, we may require a higher intake of certain types of nutrients. Many studies have shown that athletes in particular need to increase their uptake of DRIs during these times.
Of course how much you need will depend on a number of factors including your age, sex, how hard you train and whether or not you train competitively or recreationally. It is found that bodybuilders and strength trainers are required to eat more carbohydrates and may also need to take some form of supplements with antioxidants and certain minerals. If your aim is to gain muscle and lose body fat, then you should ensure that you eat enough calories and take in enough nutrients, and you will find that by doing so it will make the difference between succeeding and failing.