The vast majority of the principles that apply to any good strength training or fat loss program will apply to a well-devised natural bodybuilding regimen. Consistency and self-discipline in your diet are the two biggest keys to long term success on whatever eating program that you are following.
Natural Bodybuilders who are successful always, and I mean always plan ahead and have meals prepared well in advance. If you don't plan out your meals and have them with you at all times you will invariably fail in giving yourself the best possible gains. Hoping that restaurants, or friends or relatives will be serving "bodybuilding food" is completely unrealistic and will only lead to frustration and probably you going off course.
If you are serious about your natural bodybuilding plan then it would be wise to consider incorporating some raw foods into your diet. I am aware that this philosophy has it’s detractors with some people believing that you simply won’t get enough energy in to sustain a long term strength building plan. I however, tend to look at nature itself. The gorilla eats nothing but a raw plant diet and I wouldn’t want to cross one of them!
With this in mind here are a few great nutritional tips for you to utilize in your natural bodybuilding plan.
Tip 1. Stay Hydrated.
For years, doctors, nutritional experts and fitness trainers have recommended that drinking eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day is an absolute must to maintain good health. Drinking more will help burn extra fat by increasing lipolysis and mobilizing stored fat.
Of course there have been countless studies into this. The University of Utah carried out one of the most recent. They found that people who drink the most water have higher metabolisms. In this study, subjects drank 4, 8, or 12 cups of water each day. Those who drank at least 8 cups reported better concentration and higher energy levels, and tests showed that they were burning more calories than the 4-cups-a-day group. As we know, higher metabolisms lead to greater fat loss, a vital tool in our quest for a great naturally muscular physique.
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey measured where most of our calories come from and discovered, to their horror, that the category making up the largest percentage of our calorie intake—over 7% in fact—was not a food at all. It was soda!
All these carbonated beverages contain loads and loads of sugar and empty calories. In addition, they can cause bloating and water retention. The bottom line here is steer clear of the fizzy drinks and unhealthy juices and just stick to water if you possibly can and just watch that fat melt away!
Tip 2: Fruit & Vegetables.
You may well have seen the news recently that an FDA study revealed that increasing your intake of leafy green vegetables significantly reduces the risk of contracting type II diabetes. This is positive news, however, if you are serious about building and maintaining a great natural physique then you should already be incorporating plenty of vegetables into your diet. If not, then here are a few suggestions of some great vegetables along with some other quality fat burning super foods you should be trying to take on board.
To be honest, the best option is to stick to the basics and keep things simple. Try to eat as much natural produce as you can and make yourself familiar with your local health food store. Keeping things as simple as possible can be the easiest and most efficient solution to getting a lean body and building a great natural physique!
Here are 3 more fantastic fat burning foods to consider next time you are at the grocery store.
Fat Burning Food #1: Salmon
This type of fish is great for burning fat as it is high in protein, and best of all, rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids. It also has a good ratio of saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which makes it well balanced.
Fat Burning Food #2: Oatmeal
Oatmeal is delicious and can really help boost your metabolism. Oatmeal contains good fats and it is a source of low glycemic carbohydrates. Low glycemic carbohydrates are crucial for helping to incinerate your stored fat as they give you time released energy and help you to store glycogen in the muscles (fuel that can later be used to power your workouts).
Fat Burning Food #3: Nuts
A great addition and snack that can be added to your diet is nuts such as cashews, almonds and walnuts. If you do not go crazy overeating nuts, you can benefit from eating them.
Not only are nuts high in fiber and contain good fats, but they also are high in antioxidants such as vitamin E and selenium.
A good approach to use when eating nuts is to consume around 1-2 ounces at most. Using this approach will prevent you from overeating fats and enable you to get the right combination of good fats to help you blast your excess fat away.
Of course all these nutritional tips merely scratch the surface. You will need to have a well devised, carefully thought out diet and workout plan if you are to reach your goal of a massive natural physique. Developing your physique the natural way is not an easy option or a casual undertaking, but the benefits are huge. It leads to an improved quality of life, higher self-esteem and a greater sense of physical well being.
Keep it natural and lets make that massive muscular physique your reality.
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