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Essential No Fluff Rules All Rookie Bodybuilders Must Know Or Fail

Author: Dennis Reynolds

New to Bodybuilding? Follow These Tips to Succeed

What will you gain by being a bodybuilder? You'll build a great physique, you will have more energy than you have ever had before, and you will improve your health. It also gives you time for yourself when you can recharge your mental batteries, because no one is going to bother you while you are working out. In any case, before you begin, here is some advice to help you get off on the right foot.

When it comes to body building, nutrition is just as important, if not more important, than your exercise routine. Indeed, you have to eat correctly for whatever phase you are working on. Whether you are trying to put on weight - bulk up - or are in the "cutting" stage where your goal is muscle definition, you must follow a specific diet. When you are bulking up, you follow a specific eating plan that causes your abs to not be clearly defined. When you are in the cutting phase, after bulking up, the goal is to lose the fat and reveal your abs. The way you eat during each phase is totally different. Thus, ideally, you would first go on a bulking phase, where you would eat larger amount of calories than you burn at rest. Next would come the cutting phase, where you eat less and your carbohydrates, protein, and fat would be in different proportions than during the bulk up stage. The bulk up phase is much easier than the cutting phase because you can eat a lot of foods. However, the food you consume must be high quality, not junk food. You can get a good diet plan from the trainer at your health club or from the internet. For this stage of your training, you will need to include more complex carbohydrates in your eating plan than during the cutting phase. Also extremely important are lean protein and a variety of vegetables and fruits. If you weigh 240 pounds, a good method for figuring out how much protein you need is to figure 1 gram per pound of body weight or, in this case, 240 grams of protein.

Carbohydrates are experiencing a lot of criticism of late. This is exactly the same thing that happened with fat way back in the 1980s. While there is some truth to the fact that carbohydrates get stored as adipose tissue, this is more the case for the general population that has become highly insulin sensitive. In any case, it's just common sense to realize that, if you need to lose body fat, you must reduce the number of carbohydrates you eat each day. However, for someone that has already started exercising on a regular basis, not all carbohydrates are bad. It's easy to know how many carbs to eat. After your body fat composition is below 25%, subtract the fat from your total weight to get your lean body mass. This is easy to figure out using a free BMI calculator online. Then, simply include 3/4 to 1 gram of carbohydrate in your eating plan each day per pound of lean body mass. If you want to avoid putting on body fat, the secret is strength training. This intense training will use the carbohydrates you eat as fuel and you will gain minimal body fat.

Cardio workouts are the training you must use when you enter the "cutting" phase of your bodybuilding program.
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