What’s In A Competitive Body Builder’s Shopping Cart?

salmon-518032_1280A body builder is a food expert. He knows what foods to eat and which ones to avoid. His knowledge of body systems is extensive. If you equate body builders with brainless beefcake, think again. Unless someone else is doing all the work for them (and usually, that’s not the case), a professional in this field has to understand what he is eating and why. This is something that Dave Ruel, author of Anabolic Cooking (available at www.AnabolicCooking.com) discusses in great length.

The Body Builder’s Shopping Cart

Most of the time, a generally high-protein diet is preferable for anyone building muscle. Each plate will usually contain more than the usual amount of protein as seen on regular consumers’ plates, but it’s still good protein; lean meat, poultry, fish, nuts, deep-green vegetables, avocado, and other fats/proteins. These are foods everyone should be eating, simply in larger portions but accompanied by the same amount of vegetables and whole grains as before. Animal protein is the most efficient.

A body builder in competition mode pays even closer attention to the nature of his supper. His meals are carefully constructed to contain amino acids, BCAAs, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and B-vitamins. His cupboard will probably contain legal supplements anyone can purchase from a grocery, health food, or athletic store without a prescription. These foods do more than amplify energy like a can of Red Bull. These are specially formulated by people who know what lifting weights does to a body and what that body needs to grow larger without sustaining injury.

But what about real food? Athletes don’t drink supplements and chew on protein bars all day. In fact, when they prepare for competition, bars are probably a no-no as they usually contain far too much sugar. Refined carbohydrates such as cake, cookies, candy, milk chocolate, and ice cream are less useful than complex forms.

What’s in the Kitchen?

A body builder’s diet pre-competition is actually pretty boring. It doesn’t contain lots of salad dressings and dips for BBQ ribs; no jam; few fruits; and lots of whole foods. Whole food isn’t necessarily boring, but this is a strict diet without slices of toast with butter and jam; no grilled-cheese sandwiches, pasta, or pizza. Grains such as oats, quinoa, and wheat berries take their place.

Water is the drink of choice with BCAA powder on the side, to be consumed halfway into a practice session or immediately after. Pre-workout meals in the morning, if not in smoothie-form, are usually packed with eggs. An athlete might scramble his with grapeseed oil or eat them boiled; but four is the minimum plus steel cut or thick oats, nothing instant, and no table sugar. A dollop of almond butter or peanut butter would be far more useful to this individual, plus some honey for instant energy and to act as an anti-inflammatory on tired muscles. Lunch should be a serving of chicken or fish, steamed or poached with broccoli and drizzled with flax seed oil. At dinner, another protein of choice as noted above can be accompanied by a kale salad drizzled with more oil plus balsamic vinegar or lemon juice for flavor. Sodium isn’t a bad word in this diet as sea salt helps to replace minerals lost when an athlete sweats, helping to prevent cramps and dizziness.

By the way – if you choose to have a look at Dave Ruel’s well-regarded eBook, “Anabolic Cooking,” he takes almost ALL the guesswork out of shopping! For such an affordable price, this is a great resource. Click the image below or the following link to visit the site, www.AnabolicCooking.com today!


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