Bodybuilding Diet Mistakes To Avoid

January 12, 2010 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

Not Eating Enough Fats

Eat Fat? Isn’t that suicide?

Not if you are eating the right kind of fat. Most people will avoid fat at all cost throughout their bodybuilding routines, but what they don’t realize is that this is actually doing more harm than good. What you need to do is eat the good fats and cut out the unhealthy fats.

Healthy Fats

  • Egg yolks
  • Virgin olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Fish oil

All of these will help in maintaining a healthy metabolism and provide healthy calories for your diet. You will want to stay away from all saturated fats. Those are what will destroy your healthy bodybuilding diet.

No variety in your diet

Ok… so you decide that you want to bulk up, take a food shopping trip, stack up on all the great bodybuilding foods that you have found on and then eat the same thing week in, week out. That’s actually not a bad plan. But after doing that for a month you will get bored and what once tasted good will now taste like crap because you consumed so much of the stuff. Too much of anyone thing is not good for you… ANYTHING!

So what you need to do is find even more food variations and a nutrition plan on how you will mix things up for the long term. This will keep things interesting and you will cheat a lot less. If you have problems finding what to eat, take a look at this cookbook.

Gourmet Nutrition

This is the only one I can really recommend to you as it’s the only cookbook i have really tried. but it will give you some good ideas for sure.

Treating supplements as a meal

This is a common mistake that many bodybuilders make, especially those who are new to the game. Now, supplements are great and you can read my reviews to the right of this page to see how I have used them and what they have done for me personally.  But what you must understand is that supplements are just that. They are there to ‘supplement’ your exiting diet which should consist of a great meal plan of 5-7 meals a day. Add a good training program to the list and you are on to a winning solution.

Eating very little or excessive protein.

Protein is the key nutrient in any bodybuilding diet plan. In order to build muscle one should consume at least 1 gram of protein per pound of lean bodyweight. Less protein can actually hinder one’s progress significantly and result in frustration and lack of results. On the other hand excessive protein calories in a diet can be stored as body fat or in some cases used as energy. One gram per pound of lean bodyweight spread over 6 nutritious meals is a great starting point. If you want to build more muscle or you train harder OR you find that you are not recovering as fast, you can slowly increase your protein intake to 1.1 grams per pound or 1.25 grams. Protein is the building block for muscle tissue and if you want to build mass OR get ripped you have to start eating more.

Stay tuned fo for part 2 where I show you even more mistakes to avoid in your weightlifting workouts.

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