Many factors will decide your selection of a body building diet. But the most important one is the type of nutrition provided by your diet. Your body building diet fuels your workouts, your recovery, and your new muscle growth. If your body does not get appropriate nutrients in the correct quantities, your bodybuilding efforts will not give you the body of your choice.
There is no uniform diet for bodybuilders. However there are some standard body building diet rules that are applicable for all. The first one is you will get far better results if you eat small servings of healthy food many times throughout the day instead of restricting yourself to 2-3 big meals.
This is because when you eat frequently all day long, you keep your metabolic rate high and burn more fat, even though you are not exercising. If there is a time lag of 3-4 hours between meals, your body changes over to a muscle-destroying, fat-storing state known as a catabolic state.
Now what should you eat? The answer is the old reliable formula, balanced meals. Carbs, proteins and fats, in a 40:40:20 ratio will ensure your body building diet provides all the important nutrients working together to allow your body to absorb maximum nutrition from each meal.
Eat complex carbohydrates like whole grains, vegetables, and beans, except right after a workout, when your body requires simple carbohydrates present in fruits to replenish the glycogen that you just used. Simple carbs after workout will reduce your recuperation time. Complex carbs are excellent sources of fiber, another essential constituent of a good body building diet.
Eat sufficient protein every day, spread out throughout your meals, to total between 1 and 11/2 grams per pound of your lean body mass. Calculate your lean body mass prior to commencing your body building program. Keep on checking it frequently as you put on new muscle. White meat chicken and turkey without skin, red meats that are at least 90% lean, fish, and eggs or egg substitutes are all great protein choices.
Shun both animal fats and hydrogenated vegetable fats, since they are highly saturated and will block your arteries. Unhydrogenated vegetable, nut, and fish oils are excellent choices that you can include in your body building diet. Also fish oil, flaxseed oil, and virgin olive oil can give you antioxidant benefits.