Body building champions will tell you there is a complex combination of factors involved in their transformation from strong to muscular. Whereas the ordinary man or woman can build decent muscles just by working in a labor-intensive field, such as carpentry or working in a garage, building big muscles worthy of body-builder status takes much more thought and effort.
Diet is a big part of the equation too, but most people’s eating habits aren’t good enough to contain essential nutrients to support body building. That’s why supplements are often recommended. (Quick Note: If you haven’t read our extensive Anabolic Cooking review here at the site, I recommend you do so, because there’s a lot of important information there that will help you understand the importance of diet. Read it Here.)
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The Food Chain
Unfortunately, most food isn’t as nutritious as it used to be. Moreover, reliance on processed foods has undermined the body’s ability to absorb nutrients properly and digest food efficiently. Results of nutritional imbalance include weight gain, weight loss, diarrhea, constipation, and malnutrition. Even if one’s diet is well-balanced, obtaining enough nutrition from modern food to build muscle is frequently difficult and foods commonly absent, such as fish, are excellent sources of muscle-building amino acids. Methods of production have reduced the value of food. Growing your own or buying food from local, non-GMO, organic farmers is becoming popular among those who can access and afford these services. Even then, that might still not be enough for someone seeking to pack on serious muscle.
Should Body Builders Take Supplements?
It’s the rare fitness advocate who doesn’t recommend some kind of vitamin or meal replacement these days. At the very least, fitness trainers suggest that their body building clients obtain more protein and consume electrolytes. The first step is to assess one’s daily menu. How much protein does it contain and from what sources? If a person is successfully gaining muscle, that’s great. Usually, investigating how one eats turns up a lack of protein or a problem with digesting it. Protein powders are created in a format that is easy to digest. They include egg, whey, and plant-protein products like brown rice, hemp, and soy. Sometimes these are left in their plain state and other times they are flavored to taste like chocolate or vanilla to be added to smoothies.
Benefits of Supplements
If you eat enough to fuel a workout, you might still lack sufficient energy for recovery, and that’s a big “if.” Failing to consume calories for recovery can lead to a catabolic reaction wherein the body consumes muscle for energy. Are you eating foods containing BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids) in order to lay down muscle tissue and recovering with a carbohydrate-rich snack? Typically, it’s hard to eat a sufficient amount of food before a long workout without making yourself sick, so you have to compromise by taking a nutrition break and adding more halfway along.
Again, eating makes a person feel sick when he returns to working out, but drinking is essential to hydrate muscles and electrolytes are important for preventing fatigue, lack of focus, and dizziness. Often an electrolyte-enriched drink will do the trick, and you can sip this slowly throughout the hour or more that you exercise. After a workout is over, eating is once more a tricky subject. Some people could devour a steak. Others can’t face more than a drink. That’s when products like this can really help, especially those formulated specifically for recovery.