Finally Revealed! The Real Truth About Bodybuilding Diets
If you’ve just gotten into training and want the best results possible. Bodybuilding diets are an important part of it.
Without the proper diet, any training you do will not give you the desired results. Since we are talking bodybuilding diets, this means losing fat and gaining muscle.
The most mainstream recommendations for bodybuilding diets is way off. It’s based on old knowledge that never really worked out.
If you think a low-fat diet and lots of protein is the way to go. I’m sorry to say you have been misled.
So what should you do? Live like the Eskimos and eat an extreme no-carbohydrate diet? Even that has its drawbacks, as I will soon explain.
The key is to hit the perfect balance for your body type. This will allow you to burn fat and build muscle in record time.
Not only will you be able to do it with lots of energy, but you will have no hunger or cravings.
The Why And How It All Went Wrong
Thanks to Dr. Ancel Keyes in the 1950s, modern man was led down a path that just doesn’t get results for health or bodybuilding. He concluded that cholesterol was a cause of heart disease; he led the great anti-cholesterol revolution, that’s the cause for today’s anti-fat fanaticism.
Guess what, turns out he was wrong.
Eating too many carbohydrates is harmful and fattens us up like farm animals. Ask any farmer, when you want cows and pigs to get really fat; you feed them starchy things like corn, grains and potatoes.
Still, this is modern wisdom, the golden standard.
Most professional dietitians today would put you on a high carbohydrate, low-fat medium protein diet. Why is that? That’s what their school books say.
Dangers Of High-Carbohydrate Bodybuilding Diets
Contrary to what you’ve been told, humans are not made for eating lots and lots of carbohydrates. Our carbohydrate enzyme systems are one of the worst of all animals on the whole planet.
When I say carbohydrates, I mean sugar, doesn’t matter if it’s slow or fast. It all becomes sugar after being digested.
Clinical studies have proven that even if you eat a low-calorie diet you can gain weight. Test subjects were on 1000 calories a day of 90% fat, carbohydrates or protein.
Both the protein and fat group lost weight, but guess what, the carbohydrate group gained weight and got fatter.
You can experience this for yourself after a large meal; think about what it feels like after you’ve eaten a large bowl of pasta or mashed potatoes.
Usually the result is two hours on the couch, flipping between channels or falling asleep.
Your body being overloaded with carbohydrates, all this excess is stored directly as fat.
A few years down the line with daily overloads like that, the body becomes less and less effective at cleaning up the excess carbohydrates. That’s what the doctors called type II diabetes.
Nothing is worse for your bodybuilding efforts than having a metabolism that refuses to process nutrients.
So what’s the solution, should you cut out carbohydrates altogether?
Drawbacks Of Extreme No Carb Bodybuilding Diets
Some people choose the most extreme of bodybuilding diets by cutting out all carbohydrates.
You rarely feel hungry, you have reasonable energy levels, and you drop lots of weight.
This is what some of the more famous diets are based on like Atkins and the Hollywood diet. For fast short term weight loss, no-carb diets are great.
You get very fast results because you lose a lot of fluid from your body the first week or two. Carbohydrates actually bind a lot of liquid to the body. No carb diets get rid of those and give you instant gratification.
There are some problems with no carb diets
- They make you work outs suck, no sugars in muscles.
- You develop a fuzzy brain; expect to feel sluggish and stupid, brain likes carbs too.
- Nasty breath from a fat-only metabolism
- Constipation, you must eat fibrous veggies (and some fruit) to get away from this
What about the benefits?
- No hunger
- No post dinner crashes
- Fast weight loss
- Your body learns how to burn fat for energy
- Plenty of muscle building protein in your diet
You can actually get all the benefits of the no-carb diet without the drawbacks by balancing it out with a small amount of carbohydrates. You get stable energy levels, no crashes after eating, and improved ability to pack on muscle and easy fat loss.
Bodybuilding Diets And How To Do It Right
It’s all about getting the right balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Most people need very low amounts of carbohydrates to feel and perform well.
When you drop excess carbohydrates and eat more meat and eggs you’ll automatically get enough protein for your muscle building efforts. When it comes to healthy fats we do recommend you add in a high-quality omega-3 fish oil supplement.
If you want a number, between 50 and 100 g of carbohydrates a day is a great starting point.
When you get it right you’ll notice the benefits from the first meal. Instead crashing into the couch, you’ll be wondering what you’re going to do next.
If you’re like me, and easily gain fat you won’t need to add any rice, pasta, bread or potatoes. Personally I stick with a few cups of berries and the vegetables handle the rest.
As an example, one my plates of food has half covered by meat or eggs. The other half has steamed cauliflower, broccoli and maybe a tomato.
I urge you to give that a try first. If you’re like my brother, naturally thin, you may need some extra carbohydrates. He felt a bit sluggish and depressed under the 50 gram carbohydrate mark where I am.
How much is a little extra? It can be one or two pieces of fruit a day, maybe some yams or sweet potatoes with your meat.
Adjust Your Carbohydrates And Reap The Benefits
Most people have no clue about how carbohydrates can influence their body, especially the bad carbs. Now that you’ve read this article, you know how critical they are.
Going to the extremes for too long with a no carb diet is definitely not the solution.
When you find the balance that best suits you’ll be amazed at the transformation that takes place.
A balanced approach will get you there effectively comfortably like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.