The basic foods are simple. Our food is simpler than it looks. Most foods can be broken down into three basic food groups. These food groups are proteins, carbs and fats. If you are dieting to lose weight or are eating more to body build, you will undoubtedly be eating foods from these food groups. It is possible to change your body type, but it will be difficult to change your genetics and basic body makeup. Another issue will be to analyze and take the time to understand the hormonal changes going on with your body during any training you pursue. If you are not on a consistent schedule, it will be difficult to maintain an increased metabolism and preserve muscle tissue for a developing athlete.
It is necessary to develop muscles with proteins so that the body can build muscles, repair tissues and maintain growth. When you work out daily, it is critical to understand that the body needs down time to repair itself. Just think about it this way, when you have a bad cold, it is necessary to rest. You can eat chicken soup, drink ginger ale, take OTC meds for the cold symptoms – but the most important remedy for a cold is to take a rest. This same situation will apply to the muscles when they are being developed. They need to be shaped, formed and sculpted in a way that stretches them, lets them get challenged, relaxed and challenged some more.
Remember the action of exercising muscles simultaneously builds them up and breaks them down. Super strenuous workouts and body building routines will both build up muscles and break them down at the same time. One way to provide an answer to this puzzle of what to do to help muscles maintain strength is to take supplements. Meal replacement powders (MRPs) are considered complete forms of nutrition which include high levels of proteins, moderate levels of carbs and necessary fatty acids which work to save the muscles from destruction during workout sessions. Other ingredients are added to these formulas such as pre and robiotics to help with added health benefits. The meal replacements are not really food substitutes, but are rather supplements to full meals which should be taken at least three times a day. The daily meals can be reduced to become much smaller meals, but when working with supplements it is suggested to eat at least two “real” meals daily. When stating it is necessary to eat real meals, it does not mean that fast foods are meant as a substitute for a healthy and nutritional diet. When body building, it is necessary to not cut corners on nutrition. It is a natural stress on the body to work out, it is not a good idea to withhold the essential nutrients from the body in an effort to lose weight or even to bulk up by body building. These supplements come in premeasured portion packets or can come in large economy buckets or tubs. If you are considering using MRPs, it may be prudent to take the portions in half portions if using premeasured pouches. This saves time and money and will stretch the supplement to last a bit longer as it benefits the body.
When is the last time you thought about your body? Of course you do admire your body daily. Couldn’t it be better? Is it even possible for you to look better? Our bodies are made in the image of a perfect human. Oh, you won’t agree, but it is true. Imagine that there is a purpose for your body. The hint is that once you find your purpose, you can begin to develop your body into a form that is truly pleasing and comfortable for you to live in. That’s right, you live in your body. Are you still with me? You might even agree with this premise.
If this is like taking in circles, let’s just say we have the answers to the puzzle. There is one more question to be answered. Our bodies are built for one purpose in life. And that is to survive for one more day. Imagine being a caveman (or cavewoman) right now. You would need your body to be in perfect shape to run from wild animals, to be agile enough to hunt game for food and to endure the hardships of your climate and locale. How do we rate against the cavemen of our past? We do run and jog to keep our bodies in shape, we lift weights, weight train and body build for strength and endurance and we know how to meditate and relax at the end of it all. Some people may wonder if we are better off than our caveman cousins. Our ancestors never ate processed foods, never worried about heart-clogging saturated fats, and cleaned their bodies out daily by eating organic foods naturally grown (there was no other way!).
One advantage we have over our ancestors is that we have access to supplements. The use of supplements is meant to enhance an already carefully chosen optimum diet. One of the best bodybuilding supplement products is the Optimum Nutrition Stevia. It is used by professionals who take bodybuilding seriously, not just as an occasional past time. The supplement is made with pure extract from the stevia plant and has a pleasant taste as well.
Another supplement that is useful to bodybuilders is glutamine. Glutamine is also found in the body as an amino acid. It is considered a non-essential amino acid, which means it is manufactured by the body naturally. When a person’s body experiences stress during weight training and exercise, the body increases its demand for glutamine at those times. The glutamine is necessary to help maintain optimum functioning of the immune system, the brain, and other vital organs such as the kidneys and liver. The glutamine is usually delivered to the vital organs first when it is called for in the body. After this, the left over glutamine is sent to the muscles to repair tissue. If a person is working out strenuously and does not take this supplement, the body could easily delete the stores of glutamine. This will place a strain on the body and some tissue could break down for lack of glutamine to regulate the systems.
Glutamine supplements have been shown to reduce muscle breakdown and offer anti-catabolic effects. If a person stays within normal guidelines for nutrition, eats a high protein diet and takes the recommended dosage of glutamine twice a day, the body will be able to maximize its function. This will serve to maximize the results of any weight training or body building for optimum training results.