EATING A GOOD PRE WORKOUT MEAL
The best thing to consume before a workout is a meal consisting of slow burning carbs such as pasta and rice. The reason is that slow burning carbs take longer to convert into glucose thus keeping blood sugar levels relatively consistent.This keeps your body from having an energy crashing allowing you to train longer and harder. Be sure to combine this meal with a healthy serving of good protein as well to maximize gains.
EATING TO GAIN MASS
Eating high calorie meals is probably the most important step in gaining mass. If you don’t get enough to eat, you won’t gain weight. You can’t lift like a horse and eat like a bird and expect to gain weight it just doesn’t work that way. That is why most bodybuilders eat four to six times per day to increase calories, protein, carbs., etc., and to increase the absorption of nutrients. You may even want to try drinking a protein shake in the middle of the night to encourage additional muscle growth.
Cardio increases your overall cardiovascular condition, which is crucial in compound exercises such as squats and deadlifts. If your lungs can’t process enough air, you’ll be exhausted by oxygen depletion, not muscular failure, by the end of your set. Besides, you’re not young forever, and keeping your heart in shape now will give you a great advantage as you grow old. Try to get at least 2-3 cardio sessions per week.
USE SUPPLEMENTS AS INTENDED
You can never depend of supplements alone to carry you forward. Supplements should be just that – supplements – to an otherwise sound and balanced diet. Have a bar or a protein shake when it makes sense, but don’t expect it to bail you out of your overall diet.
Because fiber cannot be digested by the human GI tract, it does not contribute calories and is passed as waste. It is, none-the-less, vital to good health. Inadequate dietary fiber leads to a sluggish GI tract, water retention, bloating, constipation, and an increased risk of developing colon cancer. In addition to being rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, fruits and leafy vegetables are excellent fiber sources and most references advice consuming at lease five servings per day.
By Dean Ash