If you’re reading this article it’s highly likely that you’ve discovered that working out at the gym won’t turn you into a Mr. Olympia by itself, even though exercise is really important to gain muscle, dieting is key when it comes to bodybuilding, you can incorporate the most complex training routines into your gym time but if you’re not fueling your body the right way chances are you won’t gain muscle at a normal rate.
Learning how to eat (or diet) as a lot of people like to call it, can be pretty difficult and tricky at first but once you get the rhythm going your body will change for the better, learning how to eat is something you need to figure out by yourself, sure, you could use the help of a trainer but at the end of the day only you know what sort of foods make you feel and look good or bad.
If you’re serious about building your body you have to forget about the ratios that bodybuilders talk about which usually are 40% protein, 40% carbohydrates and 20% fat, please remember that these ratios won’t work for everyone! A lot of bodybuilders live by eating sweet potatoes, rice, chicken, avocado and eggs, it may work for them but will it work for YOU?, well, that’s the thing, every single person out there is different, creating a diet is hard and takes time.
Try doing this
Write everything you eat in a day and also write how you feel and look, do you look flat? Do you feel full? You want to remember how you felt and looked on that particular day with those particular foods, over the course of a few months or even years you will know what food sources work best for you, all that will be left to do is learn how to play with these foods on given days in order to maximize your performance at the gym or at a bodybuilding competition.
Playing with the food is easy once you know the effects on your body but don’t forget that carbohydrates, proteins and fats have the same effect on every person just in different ways, if you want to get big and kind of chubby then eat a lot of high protein and carbohydrate filled foods, if you want to get ripped lay off the carbohydrates and fats, it’s all really easy but again the hard part is knowing what works for you.
A lot of personal trainers recommend eating 5 to 7 times a day, that is pure bull, 7 small meals is the same as eating 3 big ones, we cannot stop saying this too many times “It’s all about how you look and feel” so don’t get frustrated and try to eat like Ronnie Coleman or even like Phil Heath, they are completely different people and therefore they eat and workout differently, it’s all about trial and error, in order to learn what works for you, you need to fail over and over until you get it just right.