The diet is essential to bodybuilding. If you hit the weights and still fail to gain lean muscle mass then chances are that your diet is the problem. In order to remedy this problem you need to go back to the drawing board or in this case the table.
Protein amounts are the highest for bodybuilders than any other sport. This is due to the fact that protein is needed in a higher amount to support muscle growth and repair. As a general average, you should be consuming 40% at an amount of 1.5-2 grams of protein per pound of body weight. If you’re not getting enough protein through normal food consumption then you should try adding any of the many protein supplements available.
Carbohydrates should also be at 40%. It’s imperative that the bulk of your carbohydrates are in complex forms. This means that most of your carbohydrates should come from fresh vegetables and fruits. You should also include a serving size of healthy grains such as brown rice.
You should keep your fat consumption at 20%. You want to be especially careful to only consume healthy fats. An example of healthy fats is some nuts, avocados, natural peanut butter and olive oils.
Since this diet contains a higher level of protein, you want to make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water. Water will help your body breakdown the extra protein. You should consume a minimum of 10 8oz glasses. It helps to keep a water bottle with you at all times.