Fat Burning Exercises & Diet Plans


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 time.

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 fruits.

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 tissue.

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% biological.

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 eating cycles.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this article on bodybuilding diet plans and wish you much success!