An effective muscle building nutrition plan will supply your body with the nutrients necessary for energy, muscle building and recovery.
It doesn’t matter how hard you workout in the gym. If you are not supplying your body with the nutrition it needs to build and maintain new muscle tissue, you will not build any additional muscle mass and will be frustrated with the results of your efforts.
You need to make sure that you are providing your body with enough muscle building protein for muscle building and recovery along with an adequate amount of carbohydrates that will be used to fuel your workouts and give your body readily available energy throughout the day.
Most people understand the basics of how the body uses muscle building proteins to build new muscle, but when it comes to carbohydrates, it seems that people come to the inaccurate conclusion that carbs are bad and will make you fat – thank you Dr. Atkins.
Actually, substantial amounts of carbs should be a part of any healthy diet plan, especially when your goal is to build muscle. When your body needs energy to perform an activity, the fastest place to pull that energy is from sugar produced from the breaking down of consumed carbohydrates.
If there is an insufficient amount of energy available from consumed carbohydrates, your body will then turn to fat and muscle tissue to provide the energy it needs. If your body has to rely on muscle tissue for energy, your body will essentially start “eating” away your muscle tissue which will actually cause a decrease in muscle mass.
While this is not much of a problem for someone who is concerned solely with fat loss, anyone wanting to build muscle mass will need to follow a muscle building nutrition plan that supplies the body with enough carbohydrates so that the body is not relying on muscle tissue for energy.
By eating the right amounts of carbs and proteins you will give your body the muscle building nutrition needed to build new muscle, recover from your workouts, and have all of the energy your body will need throughout the day to ensure that you are not losing muscle mass in the process.
I provide the specific amounts of carbohydrates and muscle building proteins you should eat to maximize your muscle building potential and control body fat on my body building diet page.