Bodybuilders pay special attention to their diet.Â Their diet is what fuels their muscle growth.Â They do eat more protein than non bodybuilders and their diet is very low in fat.
Bodybuilders eat six meals a day instead of three.Â This keeps their energy up and their digestion going.Â In general, bodybuilders divide their diets into a percentage of protein, a percentage of fat and a percentage of carbohydrates.
The numbers are usually 40 percent protein, 40 percent carbohydrates and 20 percent fat.Â Some bodybuilders eat 50 percent protein.
It is a pretty rigid diet. It is often high calorie to build muscle mass unless the builder has fat to lose too.Â A bodybuilder’s diet could be up to 3000 to 4000 calories especially if he or she is a hard gainer.
It takes quite a bit of calculation and planning to divide all those calories over six meals and to take the time to sit down and eat every three hours.Â Some bodybuilders will substitute a protein shake or protein bar for a meal.Â It is best if you can fit a carb, a protein and a fat in for each meal
There are formulas to figure out how many grams of protein you need for instance.Â It can become quite engaging.Â You have to learn how to read labels although you will not be eating much processed food.
Sources of protein should come from lean meat, fish, low fat cottage cheese, poultry and eggs.Â Good sources of carbohydrates should come from whole grains, fruits and vegetables.Â Fats should be monosaturated.Â They come from walnuts, sunflower seeds, olives, olive oil, flaxseed oil and sunflower oil.
Bodybuilders need to stay hydrated and drink a lot of water.Â This aids in digestion and rids the body of toxins.Â Protein has the amino acids that build muscle mass but you need a well rounded diet.
You need carbohydrates for energy and monosaturated fats have Omega 3 fatty acids in them that are so healthy.Â It is best to get your protein from food but if you just cannot squeeze it in, a protein shake or protein bar is acceptable.Â This is the diet of a bodybuilder.