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Health and bodybuilding will always be on the same page together because building muscle simply cannot happen without health. You need to make sure that you are eating healthy nutrition in order to get your muscles to respond to the hard workouts that you put them through.
There are countless ways to go about achieving this healthy nutrition and create yourself a healthy diet that guarantees results if you stick to it. From the latest Paleo or Caveman diet to the Zone diet the choices seem endless so we will concentrate on what a basic healthy diet is.
It starts and ends with the shopping that you do, if we assume that you are not going to be impulse buying of junk food whenever you get hungry. If you are bodybuilding then it means that you need about 1 gram of protein for every pound of bodyweight that you have.
Good quality protein is usually expensive so it is safer to stick to the basics like chicken, eggs, and turkey or lean beef depending where you live. It is always a good idea to add fish to your shopping list if and when your budget allows. For your pre and post workout shake it is a good idea to get whey protein as it is gives you a high-quality, antioxidant-rich protein into your body quickly.
The other vital ingredients needed when you are on a healthy bodybuilding diet are your fats, carbohydrates and knowing if and when any supplementation is needed. However the real art of creating any good diet plan involves an understanding of your body's hormonal situation and to then align it with proper food choices.
This starts with knowing which macronutrients you need and when you need them. It is a good idea to prepare a shopping list so that you can prepare your meals ahead for each day. This will help you stop buying junk food on impulse when you are hungry, but will also improve the quality of the food you eat.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a few reasons but the most important one is that your testosterone and growth hormone levels will surge at about 9 a.m. each morning, and you don't want insulin to derail the positive impact these hormones have on your body.
You can ensure this by making sure that your healthy breakfast that you have every morning consists of protein sources, vegetables, and fats. There's really only one rule to follow in the morning: Don't eat carbs or make sure that you do not have more than just a few grams when you start your day.
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