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Why We Need Nutrition For Building Lean Muscle Mass
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Why We Need Nutrition for Building Lean Muscle Mass

Nutrition is often not recognized enough as a very important component in building lean muscle mass. Every day at the gym professional trainers see the same guys, lifting hard. They are lifting heavy. They are seriously putting in the time and effort to build great muscle mass. But they are not growing bigger or for some, not even leaner. At first one might ask themselves “what are these guys doing wrong?” Upon closer examination it becomes painfully obvious that they are simply not eating right. In order to lose fat and build lean muscle it must incorporate a healthy nutrition plan. People share their strange beliefs regarding nutrition with me all the time. These are usually the same people who are not building lean muscle. You simply will not be building lean muscle mass if your nutrition is poor and are not eating foods to build muscle.

You need a healthy nutrition plan and some fuel for your workout. What better fuel than carbohydrates. Not just any carbohydrates will do though. Soda and energy drinks have lots of sugar, aka carbohydrates. The big problem with “simple” carbs is that you digest them way too quickly. Unless you plan to get your entire workout done within about 15 minutes, this will not help you. What you need is “complex” carbohydrates which digest much more slowly. Then you will have a constant source of fuel throughout your workout.

Good complex carbohydrates are bananas, which are also loaded with potassium - that will aid in sustaining proper muscle and nerve function, oatmeal, trail mix mixed in yogurt, pasta, yes pasta, almonds. Consume the complex carbohydrates about an hour before you train. You will see a world of difference. Feed your body something high in protein post workout also. This will help in repairing the tissues and will promote growth, even while ‘resting’.

Now that you have had a great workout what are your poor, tired muscles to do? It is time for recovery. Recovery is the period where your muscles actually grow. This is why a boost of some protein post workout will aid you. You over-stimulated them by lifting weights or through resistance and now it is time for them to react to this in the best way muscles know how. They will not only heal from the damage done, they will come back bigger and stronger than before so you can’t punish them like this again. The human body will try to adapt. In this case it means getting stronger which will translate into bigger muscles. But muscles cannot grow without nutrients. You need foods to build muscle mass and a healthy nutrition plan.

Simply put, your muscles make more muscle out of protein. Two main things are needed here. Vitamins and minerals are a must. Get them from raw food nutrition instead of supplements if you can. They are necessary for all of the bodily functions needed to build muscle to work properly. Without your vitamins and minerals your body will be so focused on maintaining daily life with its scarce resources it will have none left to grow. Lastly you need protein. Several kinds of protein are best as each different type is digested at a different rate. For example take a whey supplement immediately after a workout when nutrient uptake is at its highest since it is digested very quickly. Try to get natural meat, slower digesting proteins the rest of the day. Follow this advice and you will see a definite change in your results. You will be building lean muscle mass in record time.


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