Bodybuilding is about enlarging and sculpting your muscles in order to have a stronger, more attractive physique. Some people take the pastime more seriously than others. There are those who try to hit the gym a couple of times per week just to maintain their general fitness levels. Others take bodybuilding so seriously that they regularly enter competitions to see who has the best physique.
Of course it is entirely up to you if or how often you go to the gym to train. You do not have to take it very seriously if that’s not who you are as a person, and this is perfectly OK. However, if you want serious results, then you should know that there are some foods to avoid for optimal fitness:
If you want to sculpt your body, you had better avoid putting butter on your bread, and stop consuming snacks like buttered popcorn. Butter is, essentially, full of saturated fat. It may taste wonderful on an English muffin, but you will never see that six pack of abdominal muscles as long as it is a regular facet in your diet.
Sugar is another food substance to avoid if you want to see more muscle definition. Yes, sugar provides an energy boost. However, it is basically nutritionally insignificant. It messes with your insulin levels so that you can expect to experience an energy slump after the initial burst. What’s more, the body converts all sugar that cannot be metabolized into body fat. If you are seriously into training, body fat is what you need to eliminate. Thus chocolate, hard candy, some breakfast cereals, cakes and cookies are definitely foods to avoid for optimal fitness.
High fructose corn syrup is an ingredient that is often found in many products which people buy at the grocery store without thinking. For instance, there is high fructose corn syrup in meat glazes, fruit juice drinks, bread, breakfast cereals, condiments like tomato ketchup, cottage cheese, and even baked beans. High fructose corn syrup is essentially sugar, so it will be stored as fat if the body cannot use it up.
Wheat is another food product that you had best avoid if you want your body to be in optimal condition. This may seem ironic, since wheat has long been promoted as a health food. However, the wheat we eat nowadays has been genetically modified to the point that it is not even remotely similar to its original form. In fact, wheat is now linked to obesity problems. People who consistently consume too much bread and pasta often need to lose body fat. Fortunately, there are healthier carbohydrate alternatives such as other whole grains, and baked or boiled potatoes.
Many bodybuilders consume lean proteins like fish and chicken in order to build more muscle. Of course meat is an excellent source of protein. However, you should be careful to avoid very fatty meats such as bacon, sausages, hot dogs, chicken skin, legs or wings, pork chops, and steak that has a great deal of marbling. Such meats may contain protein, but they are also packed with saturated fat. Thus eating them regularly will stop you from getting rid of that problem area, be it your stomach, thighs or bottom.
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