Best Muscle Building Diet Tips

by : Anthony Robbinson

Muscle building diet and nutrition is arguably the most important part of building muscle. What you eat plays a very important roll in how much lean your body will grow. Put simply, if you do not have the correct muscle building diet you will not build muscle.

Muscle building diets are very different to your ordinary diet. Bodybuilders break their muscles down in the gym and a strict muscle building diet is needed to supply the muscles with adequate nutrients to grow.

A good method of checking muscle or fat is to use a set of By using the calipers every two weeks that will show exactly what is happening, if muscle is going down due to not eating enough then that will show with the calipers and you will need to eat more. If the calipers show that bodyfat percentage is going up then you need to eat less. All good gyms will have a set of calipers and as long as the same person does the measurements every time you should be able to get a true reading as to what exactly is happening. You can also purchase them. Once you have obtained the amount of total millimeters and your bodyweight, the chart that comes with the calipers will show what bodyfat percentage you are. Now comes the clever bit. If you take your bodyweight in pounds and times it by the bodyfat percentage then that will come out with your total bodyfat. Then take this figure from the total bodyweight and that will give you a figure for your fat free mass. The figure is not all muscle but includes internal organs, bones etc. but just use the figure as muscle for our calculations.

To bulk up muscles you must also put on some fat. Under normal circumstances, you can not put on muscle and lose fat at the same time. To put on weight you must consume more calories than you expand, or you will not put on weight. Your high protein bulk up breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day besides the post workout meal. Post workout meal is the most important meal of the day. After working out your goals are to refuel and rebuild. You should eat 6-8 meals everyday and eat a lot during those meals. You should get proper sleep each night (8 hours plus) and you should drink at least a gallon of water each day. Eating is huge deal during bulking and you have to make sure you eat a lot and healthy foods while eating! Great bulking foods for bodybuilders include: milk, eggs, cheese, lean beef, whole grain breads, pasta, potatoes, etc.

A great bodybuilding diet is a balance consisting of 40% carbs,40% proteins, and 20% Good Fats. This sort of diet seems to work best for the purposes of losing body fat while gaining some muscle. Depending on whether you want to mainly gain muscle and bulk up or mainly lose body fat, you will adjust your calories upwards or downwards accordingly.

Carbohydrates are the body's main source of energy, and on a bodybuilding diet they should come mainly from complex slow releasing sources such as oatmeal, grits, brown rice, sweat potatoes in combination with fibrous sources such as green beans and broccoli.

If you want to build a powerhouse body you need lots of quality PROTEIN!
Proteins, the building blocks for all tissues in the body, should come from chicken, turkey, tuna, and lean red meats.
Here is a partial list of high quality protein sources:
Chicken breast
Round steak
Sirloin steak
Lean ham
Pork tenderloin
Low fat milk
Lean turkey
Low fat cottage cheese
Turkey breasts
Low fat cheddar cheese
Egg whites

Fats, which are used by the body to manufacture hormones, lubricate the joints, brain function and other essential items, should mainly come from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated sources. Extra virgin olive oil and flax seed oil should be the main sources of these.

In addition to basic supplements, I would also recommend and Glutamine as these two supplements offer many of the same properties as anabolic steroids (such as increased recovery, increased strength, increased glycogen levels, enhanced immune system and higher nitrogen synthesis) without the side effects as they are not hormones.

Testosterone Boosting Supplementation would be optional.