Each macronutrient plays an important role in building muscle.
Believe it or not, making gains during training is about more than just how much you can lift. Your diet actually plays a huge role in building muscle, and you need to include all three macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat) in your diet if you want to see gains. Each macronutrient has its own unique role in building muscle, and today, we’ll be going over those roles:
Everyone knows that you need protein to build muscle, but did you know that it also helps to preserve muscle? Because bodybuilding is all about balancing cuts and gains, protein is essential. Including protein in your diet while you are cutting will help your body to burn fat instead of muscle, and including it while you are gaining will help you to build muscle.
Including healthy fats in your bodybuilding diet is a must. Healthy fats are essential for the production of the hormones that are responsible for strength increases and muscle growth. Additionally, healthy fats help to prevent a catabolic state, otherwise known as muscle breakdown. They also allow your body to spare more protein for energy, which allows protein to do what it does best, which is building muscle.
Carbohydrates help to keep your body energized while you work out. Carbohydrates also keep the muscles hydrated and full, and they increase insulin levels. This increase in insulin levels helps to boost the hormones that promote growth and the enzymes necessary for keeping your muscles full of glycogen. While you may need to cut some carbs in order to lose fat, beware of cutting too many, as this can put your body into a catabolic state.
Diet plays a huge role in bodybuilding, and if you are ready to take the guesswork out of your diet, contact us today to get your own personal bodybuilder’s diet in Las Vegas.