How Essential Proper Nutrition is When it Comes to Weightlifting

This is a question that I would have answered a couple of years ago with not very. It has occurred to me since that time when I really smartened up with my training and nutrition how wrong I was in the past. I see some of you out there who really don’t think the nutrition is important and as long as you eat a lot and lift weights you’ll gain muscle, right? Unfortunately, you may be a little bit wrong on that one. Sure, you can gain weight by lifting weights and scarfing down every food in sight but you’re also going to pack on some fat.

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I always thought that I wouldn’t have enough time to be able to track a diet like some of my favorite bodybuilders I’ve seen and I was wrong there as well. Once I began to really tried my diet and watch what I ate, my results skyrocketed. For one thing, I looked much bigger after workout than I usually would. Another cool thing that I noticed was that I was actually leaning out a bit meaning that I was losing fat. My body when I did not follow this and thought nutrition was not important a couple years ago was what would be called skinny fat. Skinny fat is a term used for people who don’t have enough muscular development in some areas and have an over development of fat in the others, making them skinny/fat. For one big thing, you’re going to be robbing yourself of all of that hard work and time you put in at the gym. If you were not getting your body they required nutrients that it needs after I work out, you are not going to grow as much as you could have, plain and simple.

It is because of this but I think so many people out there take a long time to see results in the gym after they work out. I had a pretty bad diet and it took me months and months before I really started gaining muscle. I remember constantly looking in the mirror to see if I had gotten any bigger, I was even comparing old pictures that I would take. It seem like the results were so hard to come by that I really thought about quitting weightlifting altogether, I just felt that it wasn’t worth it. Little did I know, how worth it it was, I was just not using the proper measures to track what I was eating every day. Once I began tracking my nutrition, I was really shocked at the results. First of all, my carb intake was through the roof every day which made it easy to see why I was a little bit more chubbier than I should’ve been. Also, my protein intake was way lower than I thought. This is something that will shock people the first time they really start tracking their diet when they see how bad it is. I thought for sure that I was able to get enough protein that I needed throughout the day and maybe I was a couple grams under. The results said different as I was getting less than half of the protein that I needed to gain weight. So, don’t be like me and think that nutrition does not play a big part in your fitness, it absolutely does. There are a ton of free fitness trackers or calorie tracker is out there, I highly suggest you check one out and find a good one.

Protein Week: Best Picks for Any Budget

We are going to be discussing protein week this week and this will consist of various types of content regarding protein and its importance in the world of sports nutrition. We know this is a little bit different but we wanted to take a second to kind of do different things to see how well they are audience likes it.

For those on a tight budget:

ballin on a budget

Let’s first discuss someone who is on a somewhat tight budget when it comes to shopping for protein. Now if you do have enough money, you will have more options of course. But we’re going to start with people his options may be a little bit limited. This is not a big deal, as there are actually some very affordable ways to get send me into your diet. It is not as burdensome of the purchase as most people would think. For the first item, let’s first talk about canned tuna.

Now, depending on where you live, tuna really shouldn’t be that expensive of a purchase. Where I live it is around a dollar per can and it does pack a lot of protein and will keep you full for a while after you eat it. There are tons of ways you can experiment get creative with tuna in order to find something that you really like. I know some people out there do not like the idea of having to just eat it out of the can.
Next, is hamburger meat. You can purchase hamburger meat in bulk and if you’re not too worried about the fat content, I can actually get a really good deal. You can usually get the bigger maybe 3 to 5 pound chunks of hamburger meat for around $10 where I live. By doing this, you can cook it all and freeze what you’re not going to use at the moment and it can really stretch out Babe then food budget. If you’re looking for any kind of chicken or seafood, I recommend going frozen. By going frozen, you will save money and be able to keep the remaining portions frozen, therefore cutting down on food waste.

For those with a more flexible protein budget:

Now for the next part of this I want to going to detail for people who have a semi larger food budget it’s going to the grocery store doesn’t instill any kind of financial loan you, congratulations. For your budget, you made me want to stick with good lean meats like chicken and fish. What do you get them from the butcher, frozen, or fresh find a good fish that you like and keep on grilling that chicken, buddy!

For the ones with baller budgets:

fat cats protein

For the people who have the biggest budgets of all. Honestly, steak is a great and delicious way to get all of the protein that you will need. This is best for those who are both cruise as the fat in the state will also help to pack size on you as opposed to just lean muscle alone. To summarize, no matter what your budget is, there are always ways that you can get the protein that you need. Whether you like to live cheaply Or no expense is too high, there are ways that you can put on some mass in bulk up by eating the required amount of protein throughout the day. Also, remember protein doesn’t just have to come from me. For the next discussion, we will be talking about other ways that you can get protein, including some that might really surprise you, stay tuned!