Bodybuilding Nutrition Made Simple

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Many bodybuilders know they need to have “good nutrition” to build a great physique but they are not quite sure where to start as nutrition seems complicated and mysterious – its not! Bodybuilding nutrition is really quite simple if you use a top-down approach. 

A lot of the confusion people have is that they hear “you should do this” and “you should do that” only to find that all the advice seems to conflict and doesn’t seem to fit into a bigger picture. here I’m going to give you the bigger picture so YOU can put together your OWN nutritional plan to meet your goals.

A bodybuilders nutritional plan is very similar to a personal financial budget. Both are about making difficult choices and then sticking to the budget – in both cases, disaster strikes if you blow the budget. 

If you blow your financial budget, you end up over your head in 21% credit card debt. If you blow your nutritional budget you end up fat or weak.


In a financial plan you start with your income and then subtract out the nonnegotiable expenses like taxes and rent to find out how much spending money we have. For our nutritional plan we start with amount of calories we can eat per day, then subtract out the things we need for lean muscle growth then see how many cheat foods we can have. Lets look at how easy the top down approach to bodybuilding nutritional planning is.

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Should Kids and Pre-Teens Pump Iron?


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In the past two decades, strength training - once the bastion of competitive weight lifters, bodybuilders, football players and pro 'rasslers - has slowly become acceptable and even embraced by women, business professionals, senior citizens and even skinny runners.

All, for the most part, were once averse to "bulking up" but now can't ignore the benefits of building lean muscle mass on metabolism, bone health and muscle tone.

But one group that seems to be left out of benefits of building strength remains children and young adolescents, despite the fact that respected organizations have proclaimed it is both safe and healthy. In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with a policy statement on strength training for children and teens declaring it to be safe, within limits, for children as young as 7

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Gym Mistakes to Avoid


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You may be hitting the gym and sweating it out, but there may be some habits that could be keeping you away from perfect fitness. Be wary of such practices such as following a set routine and being impatient.

Kieran Fisher, founder and managing director of British sports supplement store Bodybuilding Warehouse, says there are a few points to keep in mind to ensure that regular workout reaps maximum benefits, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

* Going cardio crazy: Jumping straight on the cross trainer in a bid to burn away those calories and avoiding weights for fear of 'bulking out' is one of the most common mistakes to make. Endless cardio routines will burn muscle and could push your metabolism into a worse state than it started. Hitting the weights, will keep a stimulus on your muscles and keep your metabolism up at the same time.


*Routine on repeat: You know what you're good at, so you stick to it. But despite thinking you're not a natural runner or your arms are too weak for bicep curls, doing the same routine for too long will lead to a plateau and you will stop seeing results. If your gains have stopped, don't be afraid to switch your routine. Just because you like something doesn't mean it is the best thing to do in order for you to hit your goals.

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