10 Amazing Biggest Bodybuilding Mistakes
Bodybuilding is 90% nutrition. Champion pro bodybuilder Shawn Ray echoed the sentiment:
And he’s not alone. Most top professional bodybuilders weight, measure, and record every bite they put into their mouths. By the same token many of us sabotage our progress with fundamental mistakes that we may not even realise. Here are 10 reasons why your hard work and effots in the gym may not be paying off:
1. Eating Too Much
Building muscle is the number one goal of bodybuilding and body fat is the bodybuilder’s number one enemy. We all know the biology – excess calories are stored as body fat. If you are overweight, the simple act on consuming less food will cause you to lose weight. However, be aware that if you eat less but retain your current food profile, you will just construct a miniature version of your old self, and your proportion of muscle to body fat will stay the same.
To lose fat and retain muscle you need the right balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat. You need to become nutrient conscious. Read the labels on the food you eat. To hang on to muscle, you need to up your protein, and you need to moderate your carbs and fats. This means lots of lean proteins, (like lean red meat, chicken, fish and dairy – and don’t forget the protein shakes), plenty of fresh green and fibrous veggies like broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, zucchini, moderate amounts of good carbs like rice, sweet potato and oats, plus moderate levels of good fats from food like nuts, avocado, and olive oil.