As in any endeavor, building muscle mass needs to start from the inside. What you eat, as the cliché goes, defines who you are as a person-at least physically.
Eating too much sodium and sugar will tend to bloat you up by retaining too much water. This means, then, that despite the energy boost you most likely find in salty and sweet foods, you can’t over-indulge in them because they can hinder your muscle formation.
Remember that at the core of building muscle mass is losing fat mass first. With excess weight on, you can’t really expect much from any sort of body building workout. You need to lose your excess weight, which includes both fat and water retention.
Instead of eating sweets and salty junk food, you should really invest in whole wheat grains and lean meats. During breakfast, if you’re working out in the morning, it’s best to take in whole wheat grains that are high in both energy and fiber. If you have a healthy digestion, you’re most likely to feel lighter, giving you extra edge in performing better during workshops.
When it comes to proteins, meats are always excellent sources. However, you should try your best to stay away from meats that are high in cholesterol, because it defeats the purpose of your efforts. Fish and white meat from chicken are good options. If you must eat beef at all, which is one of the richest sources of protein you should choose the leanest parts to avoid gaining unnecessary weight.
You should also make sure that you drink a lot of water and eat a lot of fruits when you’re trying to build muscle mass. Although water provides pretty much just hydration, and fruits, by themselves, can’t make muscles grow water and citrus fruits are excellent antioxidants.
Regular workouts tend to put so much physical stress on the body that toxins can form very easily. It’s important for someone who’s trying to keep fit to get rid of all these unwanted toxins with the food they eat.
While regular workouts are necessary for building muscle mass, the rest and recovery that comes in between these physical activities are also very important. Remember not to overtrain by working on the same muscle group two days in a row. This can cause serious injuries which are counterproductive to building good muscle mass. Those who work out also need to make sure that they have enough sleep every night. This prevents over-fatigue, and for adults, at least 7 hours of sleep a night is recommended. In between routines, bodybuilders should make sure that they maintain 24 to 48 hours of recovery time, otherwise, the muscles will just break down without any chance to form well.
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