Build Muscle - Why You Need to Eat Fat to Build Muscle
In their quest to make sure when they do build muscle it's all lean, many bodybuilders adapt a somewhat 'fat phobic' state of mind. They think that if they eat lower fat foods, they should have an easier time staying lean.
Let's face it, after you spend months trying to build muscle, the last thing you want to do is turn around and have to spend another couple of months losing the fat you've gained along the way. Building muscle does take a surplus of calories however, if you do hope to achieve any type of noticeable gains.
What you need to realize is that it is going to be how much extra calories you eat that determines whether or not you gain fat, not where these calories are specifically coming from.
Therefore, it's not going to make a whole lot of difference if you eat 300 calories extra per day coming from pure fat calories or pure carbohydrates - that is, of course, assuming your basic protein and carbohydrate needs are met.
If you are protein deficient, then most definitely you're going to have a problem, but for most who are into bodybuilding, protein deficiency is not something they need to worry about.
Fat and Building Muscle
While you may still be tempted to load up on the pasta, rice, bagels, and cereal, don't be so quick yet.
While these are definitely great foods for helping you progress with weight gain and will help refill muscle glycogen stores so you can workout with intensity each session, you must not neglect your fat intake.
Getting over any fat phobia you may have is critical to seeing the results you are hoping for.
One of the primary reasons why fat must not be completely avoided in the diet is because it's going to go a long way towards promoting optimal testosterone levels.
You already know that the more testosterone you have flowing in your body, the better muscle gains you will see, so, then it only makes sense that if you can increase this through dietary means, you most
When was the last time you ate 3 bagels in a sitting? Full, weren't you? Let's face it, for those of you who must get in 4000+ calories a day, eating strictly carbs and protein is going to be rather difficult - unless you enjoy feeling like you are about to explode.
For those same three bagels, you could have downed a cup of peanuts for about the same calories.
Wouldn't that be easier on your stomach? I thought so.
By including fat in your diet, you will have a much easier time getting in the calories you need to get weight gain happening.
Finally, the last reason why you must include fat into your bodybuilding diet plan is because it is going to be a powerhouse when it comes to energy. Fat packs more calories per gram than any other type of food so if you're hoping to increase your energy, you should not eliminate fat.
Fat will go through a different pathway in the body to derive energy than carbohydrates or protein, but it is still going to be the most concentrated source of energy out there.
So, have a look over your current diet. Are you getting enough fat? If not, you may not be building as much muscle as you potentially could. Don't you want to get the BEST results from your training sessions?
Find out more about how you can maximize your ability to build muscle.
Shannon Clark is a certified personal trainer, fitness writer, and co-author. She specializes in helping skinny guys build muscle and helping females get the lean, sexy body they crave. View more information here!
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