If you think it’s all about protein, think again. Bodybuilding nutrition is about providing your body with the optimal balance of foods at every meal. In fact, your body can handle only so much protein for muscle building. Once you reach this saturation point, protein is torn down and used for energy, an inefficient, cost-ineffective process. Instead, consume abalanced dietof healthy fats, complex carbs, protein and vegetables.
2 Keep nutrients steady through the day
Part of the reason for eating several meals a day is to provide your body with a steady stream of nutrients. It’s important to eat five to seven meals a day, and to eat healthy fats, quality protein and complex carbs at every meal for a continuous supply of macronutrients to keep your body growing.
3 Consume adequate protein
Bodybuilders must eat quality protein. Without protein, you simply aren’t providing your body with the most rudimentary tool for muscle building. Consume at least one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight every day.
4 Eat complex carbs
Bodybuilders often avoid carbohydrates for fear they will add too much bodyfat. Most amateur bodybuilders eat plenty of carbs, but they eat simple or starchy carbs at the expense of the more beneficial complex kind. Emphasize foods such as yams, oatmeal, brown rice and whole-grain breads in your diet. These foods, coupled with protein, are the ones that most encourage muscle growth.