The primary concern for a bodybuilder is the maintenance of their muscle mass and this requires a very structured and very consistent eating habits. In fact, the foundation of a well built body is breakfast. This is the most important meal of the day for anyone but extremely important for those that work out. It contains necessary nutrition that helps to fuel those workouts and to keep you from binging during the day.
Most people will go 8 to 12 hours without any food between the last meal they had and the time they get up in the morning. When you fast like this, it make the body have to maintain its blood sugar by breaking down its own available storage and this can often come from your muscles.
In severe cases, the body can actually break down the muscle mass components in order to make glucose. So, when you break the fast by eating a good breakfast will ensure that you get adequate energy for your brain and for your muscles so they can work efficiently.
When you eat a good breakfast that is well balanced it is going to prevent fatigue and muscle depletion. You can prevent muscle loss by making sure to keep meals frequent throughout the entire day as well and this makes the perfection foundation for the bodybuilder.
Complex carbs should be part of the perfect breakfast because they give the body a slow and steady variety of energy that is gradually broken down into glucose by the body and you are able to use it for energy and better performance.
Types of complex carbs include things like whole grains such as oatmeal, brown rice, whole grain toast, whole grain pasta, beans, legumes and starchy veggies such as potatoes. You can even top oatmeal off with some flax seeds. Wheat germ, berries or even nuts for extra nutrition.
You also need to include protein in your breakfast. The protein will aid in the building of muscles and it helps to increase your metabolism because proteins are harder to break down and this then makes your body have to work harder.
The ideal breakfast then would be the perfect combination of those complex carbs and proteins. Such breakfasts might include some oatmeal topped with some flax seed and a side of scrambled egg whites; French toast made from whole grain bread, egg whites and cinnamon, low fat cottage cheese with some fruit, plain yogurt with some whole oats, berries and vanilla flavored whey protein or some shredded wheat cereal with some low fat milk and half of a grapefruit. You also should try to include some healthy fats as well like olive oil, flax oil, nuts and avocados.
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