Basics of Dieting

Protein

When trying to gain muscle, most people often just go to the gym and lift as many weight as they can. This is not only the wrong way of lifting to build muscle, but also just half of what you need in order to achieve some massive gains. What most people do not understand and therefore do not put an emphasis on is diet. Diet is a crucial part of building solid muscle, and should not be overlooked. Think about it like this; a racecar driver can go out and drive really fast and practice all of his turns and techniques but if he does not properly take care of his car after he is done driving it, it will begin to stop working as well. That is where protein comes in to play. Protein to the human body is like an oil change to a car. Without it, the person/car will cease to perform. Protein is the number one without a doubt most important nutrient your body needs in order to recover and build muscle. A good amount of protein to have in your diet daily is about 25% your overall calories. This means that if you had a 2000 calorie diet, 500 of those calories should come from protein.

Carbs

Now while protein is the most important nutrient in order to recover and build muscle, you will not be able to have a successful workout to give yourself a use for protein without carbs. Carbs, or carbohydrates, are what gives us energy. We need energy not only to function on a daily basis, but to have that energy to be able to work out. Going back to the racecar analogy, carbs are like gasoline. Without it, how is the car supposed to run? It won’t. Many lifters underestimate the necessity of carbs in one’s diet. A good number would be about 55% of your calorie intake. That is about 1100 calories from carbs on the standard 2000 calorie diet.

Fats

The last nutrient is fats. Fats should be the least of the three nutrients, but nonetheless should not be left out. Fats are what your body uses to store energy. Carbs energy is burned up quickly, so fats are stored up and used for more long term energy. Now obviously too much fat is bad for you, but 20% should be about how much fat you include in your diet. Fats also aid in absorption of vitamins and minerals.