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Basics of Bodybuilding Nutrition

Author: Jim Atilsonsports nutrition

Some subjects are too confusing and harder to understand, such as; Math, Chemistry, Biology, and in the case of bodybuilding, Nutrition. There is more to bodybuilding and building muscle than just lifting weights. A very important part of the process of gaining muscle, along with sufficient rest, is Bodybuilding Nutrition. Fortunately, to achieve your fitness and weight lifting goals, you do not need a degree in Nutrition. Instead, all you need is to have an open mind and willingness to learn as much as you can about it. Now, lets go ahead get started with the basics of bodybuilding nutrition.

Most people use the terms Nutrition and Supplements interchangeably. They assume that by using over-the-counter supplements their nutritional needs will be taken care of. Nothing is farther from the truth. There is a big difference between bodybuilding nutrition and supplements. In addition, supplements should be used very sparingly, if not at all. However the topic of supplement use is a totally different one all together.

You may be wondering, if we are not going to talk about supplements, then, what this article is all about? Well, for those who are not familiar with what bodybuilding nutrition is all about, it consists of four basic components; Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fats and Water. Now, let’s go ahead and examine each of the components briefly.


Proteins and Amino Acids go hand in hand. Protein is made up of amino acids and amino acids are the building blocks of muscles. And they constantly build, repair and maintain your muscle tissues. So, in order to achieve your bodybuilding and fitness goals, you should be consuming sufficient amounts of protein a day, which is usually about 1-1.5 gram(s) of protein per pound of your body weight. You may be wondering, what kind of sources should I get my protein from? Well, you have a variety of sources to choose your proteins from like; beef, fish, poultry, eggs, turkey, tuna and soy protein.


Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy and they also provide your brain with the energy it needs in the form of glucose. There are two types of carbohydrates; simple and complex. Simple carbs are digested fast and most likely to be stored as fat. Whereas, complex carbs are digested over a period of time and contain a higher concentration of dietary fibers.

Carbohydrates play a vital role in developing muscle mass. There are simple guidelines you should adhere by with carbs;

1)Choose complex carbs over simple carbs; Complex carbs come from such sources as;potato, brown rice, oatmeal,etc. Complex carbs have a tendency to keep your blood sugar levels in check and since they burn slowly, they can act as a longer lasting energy source, especially for your workouts.

2)Since your body uses carbohydrates for energy, then, it is only logical to consume some carbs before and after your workouts. A norm is usually an hour before and no later than 1/2 hour after your workouts.

3)Did you know that even though fruits are a healthy choice, they are made up from simple sugar(carbs). If you did not know, simple sugar turn into fructose, then, stored in the body in the form of fat. So, for the purposes of building muscle, keep fruit consumption to a minimum.

4)Do not consume carbohydrates by themselves, always have carbs with proteins. By doing so, will help you minimize the chance of carbs being stored as fat.


All your cells have some fat in them. Just like your body needs carbohydrates and proteins, it also needs healthy fats to function on a daily basis. Aside from carbohydrates, your body utilizes fats as an energy source as well. And on a more scarier note, the excess fat which is not burned by your body will be stored as body fat.

There are 3 types of fats;

1)Saturated fats; which are often associated with heart disease and high cholesterol levels.

2)Polyunsaturated fats; are fats that are found mostly in vegetable oils.  3)Monounsaturated fats; which have a positive effect on cholesterol levels.

Among some of the benefits of healthy fats are a young looking skin and hair and healthier joints. Remember your daily intake of healthy fats should not exceed 20% of your calorie intake.


It is widely known that our bodies are made up of 70% of water, and without it we simply cannot survive. Having said that, you do not want to start consuming excess water as well. A simple way of figuring out your daily water need is by multiplying your body weight by 0.66. The end result, then, would be the amount you need in ounces on a daily basis.

In conclusion, here are 5 basic nutritional guidelines to follow which may be helpful in achieving your bodybuilding goals.

1)Stay away from unhealthy fats and simple carbohydrates.

2)Throughout the day eat smaller portions of food and eat frequently(4-5 times).

3)It is OK to use protein shakes, especially after workouts and sometimes in between meals when you can not consume “hard food.”

4)Drink plenty of water

5)Get enough rest and sleep.

There is no question that nutrition as a whole plays a very important part in building muscle and losing weight. And due to its “complexity” it is also one of the subjects that most people are shying away from, but, what they seem to be forgetting is that without proper nutrition all of their hard earned gains will ultimately come to a halt. In my opinion, the only remedy to this “problem” is through research and willingness to learn. Ask questions and exchange information about the basics of bodybuilding nutrition with your peers. In the end, there is no reason that you should not be improving, let alone regressing.

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Proper Nutrition is the Key to Health & Vitality!

Author: Chuck Arnonevitamins2-210_2

We all need to start somewhere with vitamins as our soils that grow our foods have been depleted of their nutrients over a period of decades! Liquid vitamins are better for a few reasons. They are easier for the body to digest and absorb than hard pills.Liquid vitamins are formulated at or near the concentration of body fluids and by virtue of being liquid, are not as concentrated as pills and tablets therefore loading capacity is less likely to be exceeded.

These vitamins are better than pills because they have better absorption and faster assimilation rate than pills. It is a lot better for your digestive system and is the same vitamins that you find in any supermarket or health store, but are suspended in a liquid vitamin mixture. This new method of taking liquid nutritional supplements is becoming extraordinarily popular in today’s progressive healthcare marketplace. These vitamins are available in the form of multi-vitamins as well. The liquid multi-vitamins offer a whole host of health benefits, both at physiological and psychological levels.

Liquid vitamins are the wave of the future and liquids work 9 times faster than pills. They bypass the digestive tract and are absorbed into the bloodstream, not to mention what it would also do for our city sewers, since pills are not efficiently absorbed into your bloodstream. Minerals do not always readily absorb in the body because they attach to larger molecules. A liquid vitamin supplement that uses amino acids is the best to enable mineral molecules to absorb. The benefit can be derived from every essential ingredient.

When starting your regimen with a multi-vitamin, results are not instant and require time to clean out and bring your body back to a healthy state. The first days to weeks you start your program with liquid vitamins, your body will go through a cleansing. These products are so effective that they will get into your tissues and push out the toxins that are stored in the cells. Additionally, the AMA (American Medical Association) is now recommending that everyone take a multi-vitamin to supplement their diet.

Supplements will not compensate for fatty fried foods, high intake of carbohydrates and imbalanced nutrition. It can on the other hand, compliment your nutrition, reinforce your immune system and top off the missing nutrients in your diet. Multivitamins vary in quality and not everyone will be able to do the same regimen. Supplementing your body with colloidal minerals and vitamin nutrients can help create the optimal environment in the body for maximal life expectancy by replenishing nutritional deficiencies. There are some Eastern cultures that have people routinely living to ages in the range of 120 to 140 years old (ex: the Hunzas). Supplements must be taken on your off days from training just as well as when you are working out. It is on your off days that your body is recovering from strenuous workouts and needs the proper nutrition to support muscle growth.

Get started on a daily vitamin regimen with the health supplements of high quality. In fact, they help you with more than vitamins and minerals not in your diet. In one daily dose you will get nutritional items proven to improve your digestive system, bones and joints, your immune system, your energy level, your heart and blood circulation and your mood and memory and ability to combat stress! Studies have shown that vitamins, especially liquid vitamins can boost your health and vitality!

Antioxidant vitamins have been said to be extremely helpful in preventing the oxidation of LDL, and consequently the accumulation of fat clogged arteries. However recent research is indicating that there is no link between antioxidant vitamins and prevention of coronary disease. Antioxidants have just started becoming talked about and mainstream. Even a few years ago, not many people could tell you what they are or the foods you can get them from.

Let’s look at this in an easy to understand way of improving your health as quickly as possible without harming yourself! Today’s lifestyles are hurry up and rush around, not to mention the smog in our cities and day to day stress of life. All of us including our children need to be on a daily routine of vitamins. The difference in staying healthy and living a long productive life.