As you probably almost certainly already know, most of your success in competitive bodybuilding will be determined by the set of genetic gifts (or lack thereof) with which you were born. It doesn’t take a scientist in a white lab coat to ascertain the fact that all thing equal, Ronnie Coleman was going to be more successful in bodybuilding than say, a person with the physique of a Lance Armstrong. Our propensity to hold muscle is pre-determined. We can only work within its boundaries to become the best individual bodybuilder that our genetics will allow us to become.
That being said, we will all fall into our own genetic categories and end up on the local, regional, state, or even national stage, should we choose to complete. Once we are within the ranks of where our genetics allow us to reach, another factor is just about the sole determinant in how high we are able o soar in the bodybuilding universe. Here’s a hint: It isn’t training. No matter how hard you train, no matter how intense your workouts are, the limiting factor in how close you come to reaching your genetic potential is another factor: Nutrition.
Nutrition is the key to all things bodybuilding. If you want to be the best at your level, you have to make sure your nutrition works to fully support your goals. Your training will be much like the training of your peers – as hard as you can train, as frequent as you can train. The nutritional plan you follow will set you apart in the recovery and growth phase.
If you’re ready to get serious about nutrition, you’re probably ready to focus upon learning more about the tenets you should be following to allow you the most efficient training. First off you need a solid base of good, clean, slow-burning carbohydrates. Slamming a Red Bull before your workout might feel great, but the skewed insulin sensitivity your body experiences following such indulgence won’t help you grow. You need to consume complex carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, and sweet potatoes.
When it comes to protein, the slow-burners are also your best bet for the most successful training platforms. Whey is very quickly digested, and will be on its way down your digestive track in less than 30 minutes. This is useful for workout recovery – but if you want the most proteins present through a tough workout, sources such as beef, casein, or chicken are going to be safer bets. The higher the fat content of a protein, the slower it will be digested.
Fats are the final group whose consumption should be planned and implemented. A nice combination of fish oil and flax oil, mixed with a diet containing almond, red meat and milk will deliver the fats you need to shine through long and strenuous workouts.
The bottom line is that all other factors equal (including genetics), those bodybuilders whose diet delivers for endurance will see the most success in the gym – and the resulting growth will put them first on the stage!
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