8. Lacking Positive Nitrogen Balance
Positive nitrogen balance is the physiological state in which muscular growth is possible. We can achieve this by taking in a fresh supply of muscle building nutrients every 2 – 3 hours. The human body works most efficiently when given small feedings at regular intervals throughout the day. These evenly spaced feedings should be composed of high quality protein and carbohydrates. If the rigors of a job, family and real world responsibilities make it difficult to eat a meal every 2 – 3 hours, a quality protein bar and a glass of skim milk can supply 50 grams of protein and 50 -100 grams of carbs. It doesn’t take very long to eat a sandwich, drink a protein shake, or have a piece of fruit and a chicken breast. This also ties into food preparation – pack clean food snacks and graze throughout the day. When an athlete is in positive nitrogen balance, the body is ready, willing and able to grow.