NUTRITION INFLUENCES YOUR PROGRESS
When it comes to building muscle, resistance training is essential to create unaccustomed stresses for the muscle. This triggers signals in the muscle cells to repair itself and get stronger in anticipation of the next bout of exercise. The process of repairing and rebuilding after a workout is called Muscle Protein Synthesis (MPS) and as it happens in the post-workout recuperative phase, it is called post-exercise MPS and nutrition is a key element in stimulating MPS. To make matters simple, training tears down the muscle and nutrition is one of the essentials to repair the muscle and allow it to get bigger and stronger.
“LET’S ALL BE HONEST TO YOURSELVES FOR A MINUTE”
More often than not you will see people who train very hard but fail to work as hard when it comes to their nutrition. Chances are that you fall in such a category too. Please take some time and reflect on these questions:
-Do you step out of the house everyday with your meals for the day?
– What’s in your lunch bag today?
– Have you even packed lunch?
– You have planned a hardcore arm workout for today but is your eating as hardcore today?
– You just ingested that pre-workout. What will you have post-workout?
MOST PEOPLE OVER TRAIN AND UNDER EAT
The reality is that most people over-train and under-eat. Building muscle requires great efforts both in the gym and in the kitchen and meal table as proper nutrition will account for your bodybuilding success or lack thereof. Always think of the bicycle analogy. The two wheels of a bicycle represent training and nutrition. If one of the wheels is faulty or inadequate, the bicycle will be dysfunctional. Likewise, training and nutrition are intimately related. I know too many people who train really hard but fail to progress. In 99.9% of the time it is simply because their nutrition is inadequate. Meals packed for the day to fuel growth!
“BUT IT IS DAMN EXPENSIVE TO EAT PROPERLY!”
For sure, food is getting really expensive and there is little things we can do about it. Some have limited incomes, others are in debt or are still studying and have no income. While some of you reading this have no problem with money, many others do struggle including yours truly. What you must do is focus on the things that you can do rather than focus on the things that you can’t do. I myself cannot eat as much as I should but I try to bring my body as much as my budget allows and so should you.
by Vic Veeraj Goyaram (africanmuscle)