If you asked 100 bodybuilders what the best bodybuilder diet was, you would probably get 100 different answers. This is because there really is no best bodybuilder diet that works for everyone. Everybody has a unique metabolism, which means that what works best for one bodybuilder might not have the same results for someone else.
I am a firm believer that you should experiment to try to develop the diet that works the best for you. This requires a little trial and error to determine the proper ratio of carbohydrates, protein and fats that will:
- Give you the most energy
- Keep your hunger at bay so you won’t succumb to the temptation of junk food snacking
- Give you the muscle building results that you desire
Usually you will start with a diet based on the percentages in the following table:- Carbohydrates 40%
- Protein 30-40%
- Fats 20-30%
Your diet should consist of about 40 percent carbohydrates, 30-40 percent protein, and 20-30 percent fat. The most important factor to remember when developing your diet is that you need to eat the highest quality foods in order to get the best results. You may have heard the phrase, “you are what you eat.” It is a simple cliche, but it rings true when applied to bodybuilding. If you eat a lot of junk food, it will be very difficult for you to achieve your ideal body. Another popular saying is “garbage in, garbage out,” which can be interpreted to mean the same thing.
It is important that you try to eat only the highest quality sources of protein, carbohydrates and fats.
Forty percent of your diet should be in the form of complex carbohydrates. This should come in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains such as brown rice. These foods also contain adequate amounts of dietary fiber, which has many health benefits.
Good sources of protein are lean meats, fish, eggs, and low-fat dairy products. Protein powders are an excellent way to supplement your protein intake. Organ meats such as liver, heart, kidneys and sweetbreads should be eaten as well.
When it comes to fats, the best are the monounsaturated oils. You should use olive oil when cooking, and eat plenty of nuts and seeds.
You should also eat more frequently than three meals per day, especially on days when you are working out. For example, if you determine that you should eat 2000 calories per day, instead of eating three meals of about 600-700 calories you should each 5 meals of about 400 calories each.
Keep a daily record of what you eat.
This will help you determine whether you are sticking to your calorie requirements. Also, keep track on your energy and hunger levels after each meal, particularly when working out. If you feel like you don’t have enough energy, you can increase your protein and decrease your carbohydrates or fat. If you are getting hungry again too soon after a meal, try adding a little more fat to the meal. A couple olives or almonds added to a meal will keep you sated longer and keep you from reaching for the junk food.
It may seem like a lot of extra work, but it will be worth it.
Once you have developed your own personal bodybuilding diet, you will start to achieve the results that you desire. Your ideal body will be within reach.