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Small Diet Changes for Bodybuilding

When you begin bodybuilding that means altering your diet, but it doesn't necessarily have to be a complete renovation that's going to leave you hungry and unsatisfied with no sweet things or fat and if your smart it really needn't be a big challenge. For instance, there are some easy incidental ways you can cut your fat intake and change your sweet tooth so that you begin craving healthier foods at the same time. For example, teach yourself to drink tea without sugar and to eat toast without butter. You should also cut out drinking soft drinks in favour of fruit drinks and water and remove the extra oil from your cooking; if you stir regularly and cook onions first it won't stick, even just a bit of water will do or if you must then use vegetable oil. You can also use healthy snacks to satisfy your cravings, so that instead of eating crisps or chocolates you're eating nuts, sunflower seeds or raisins (nuts being a protein source and the latter of which supplying a steady flow of carbs).

So far so good, but there are further complications to eating the protein that you need to understand when bodybuilding and this is the other way you need to change your diet. One complication is just how hard it is to consume the required amount of protein; a boiled egg only contains about six grams of protein, so say you're 180 pounds that would mean you'd have to eat around 30 eggs. 300 grams of tuna - that's a full can - contains 23.5 grams of protein. So that would be eight cans of tuna minimum and not all of that protein would be absorbed by the body. So in a real day you'd probably have to eat something like three eggs, a can of tuna, a large chicken and several protein shakes.

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