Bodybuilding Diet Plans
Perhaps one of the
greatest bodybuilders in recent history summed up bodybuilding diet plans with the statement “bodybuilding is
80% diet.” Quoted many years ago by Vince Gironda, otherwise known as “The Iron Guru”, Vince was famous for
introducing and helping newcomer Arnold Schwartzenegger to the USA, now one of the greatest bodybuilders of all
Convinced that proper
bodybuilding diet plans were the key to successful muscle building, Vince spent much of his career as a trainer
convincing others of this principle. His belief was that the best bodybuilding diet plans should focus on usable
sources of protein, fats, oils nuts and natural carbohydrates from fresh vegetables and
Since human tissue is
100% biological, it’s imperative for bodybuilders to eat foods that are high in biological content to assist in
developing muscle. People often confuse foods high in protein with foods that are high in biological content but
this isn’t necessarily true as not all proteins are the same. The best bodybuilding diet plans include foods
that contain a protein structure that more closely resembles the protein found in human
Examples of foods with
the highest biological content include eggs, raw milk, steak, lamb, organ meats (liver, kidneys and heart) fish,
poultry, beans and legumes. Soybeans, on the other hand, are high in protein but are only 22%
In order to compete
successfully, the use of proper bodybuilding diet plans for contest preparation is absolutely necessary.
Specifically, large increases of biological protein allow muscles to reach new levels of strength and increases
in muscle mass. One method used by professional bodybuilders
was to eat as much as three dozen eggs per day for up to six to eight weeks.
Simply put, heavy
workout sessions require loading your diet with protein in order to repair and rebuild muscle torn down from
strenuous workouts. It should be noted however, that bodybuilding diet plans are not long-term diet plans but
rather serve the particular goal of increasing muscle mass and strength.
The Iron Guru was also
known for another diet that is used in preparation for contests to get rid of the last visible existence of
subcutaneous fat. This diet essentially “shocked” the metabolic system by depriving the body of any
carbohydrates for four days, then on day five, eat normally. Then for the next four days eat zero carbohydrates
and on day ten, eat normal again. This cycle is repeated for up to three to eight weeks and provides revealing
and visible muscle separation.
In addition to the
bodybuilding diet plans mentioned above, you might want to consider taking supplements such as kelp tablets,
desiccated liver, wheat germ oil and lipotropic amino acids (inositol, choline, methionine, betain that aid in
the metabolism and assimilation of protein).
In summary, the best
bodybuilding diet plans should be focused on the right types of biological proteins, fats, good carbohydrates
and fiber. Completely avoid processed foods, refined starches and sugars. Try to maintain a ratio of 24%
protein, 40% natural carbohydrates with the balance in fat and fiber.
If you’re going to
embark on a pre-competition diet and load your body with protein as mentioned above, do so in six to eight week
cycles followed up with another three to eight weeks of zero carbohydrates for four days and one day of normal
We hope you’ve enjoyed
this article on bodybuilding diet plans and wish you much success!