The great Joe Weider, trainer of all the top champions in bodybuilding history, mentioned that the key to competition success is proper diet. It would be very difficult to argue with him on this one. An overweight and out of shape bodybuilder really is not a bodybuilder. He's a generic weightlifter.
But, don't assume diet refers exclusively to the process of losing weight. There is more to it than that. You also have to eat a diet that supports muscle growth. Here is a look at the types of diet you need to eat to be a solid bodybuilder...
First and foremost, you will want to eat organic food. Processed food comes with a lot of problems that can undermine the potential to attain bodybuilding success. Those that would prefer to develop an impressive physique certainly must be willing to do a little extra in order to see results. Such extra effort can come in the form of paying more for the proper food.
There are three types of food categories: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. In general, bodybuilding diets are low in fat allow many will switch to a low carb diet in the pre-contest phase to become a bit more shredded.
Generally, during the bulk of the year, a bodybuilder will generally eat a high protein, moderate carb, low fat diet. The fats that you do eat must always be the good fats which would be unsaturated fats. Saturated animal fats such as those in red meat need to be avoided for scores of reasons.
That means you want your protein to come from poultry, fish, beans, and shakes. And you will need protein as this is the building block for muscle and muscle repair.
The carbs you eat POSITIVELY MUST be good carbs. That means fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and organic sources, Carbs from processed foods or refined sugars will serious hamper your ability to develop a good physique. Also, you want to avoid eating more than 100 grams of carbs per day during the off season and avoid eating more than 50 grams per day during the pre-contest phase.
Also, you will need to keep your calorie intake very low during the pre-contest levels since you want to rid yourself of excess body fat. When you are in a mass building stage, you will need a lot more (low fat) calories in order to build up your muscle mass.
During the entire year, you will need to eat six small meals per day as opposed to eating three large ones. This is done to keep the metabolism revved up which, in turn, burns up more calories. Whether you are looking to build up mass or become defined, you always want your excess calories metabolized as excess fat never does the body good.
Honestly, most bodybuilding diet tips are little more than simple common sense. What you want to eat is a diet that helps promote your goals which is the development of a massive, ripped physique. Remember, bodybuilding is about building the body. That requires a lot more than just lifting weights.