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Nutrition

An insufficient nutrition is often the reason why the athlete does not make any progress. What is the use of the best training, the intake of steroids, and sufficiently long rest periods if the body does not have the right nutrients in a sufficient amount- Eberhard Schneider in his book Krafttraining für Kung-Fu und Karate said it to the point: “Just as a skyscraper cannot be built of loam it is impossible to develop a strong muscle system on a diet of beer and pizza.” Intensively training bodybuilders have a distinctly higher need of nutrients which increases even further when simultaneously taking steroids. The right nutrition tremendously increases the effect of every steroid regime because steroids develop their full effect only when adequate calories and nutrients are supplied. A nutrition program suitable for this purpose must meet four basic requirements:

  1. Sufficient intake of high-quality protein
    The protein intake is the decisive factor when gaining weight since protein is the building block for the muscle tissue. Of special importance is the combination of the supplied protein. Animal protein is in first place because of its high biological value and a high content of essential amino acids. The protein absorbed by the body through food is broken down into amino acids and transported through the blood to the muscle cell. The goal is to obtain a positive nitrogen balance in the muscle cell which means that it assimilates more protein than it releases. Best sources are meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and milk products. The required daily amount depends on the body weight. A supply of 1- 1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight/day is usually effective. A bodybuilder weighing 200 pounds thus needs 250 g of protein per day. Since one gram of protein has an energy value of 4.1 kcal the athlete consumes 1,000 kcal per day in form of protein.
  2. Sufficient supply of complex carbohydrates
    The importance of complex carbohydrates in the nutrition schedule of a bodybuilder cannot be emphasized often enough. They provide a continuous energy supply which is very important to maintain the blood sugar level at a constant level, prevent that protein is transformed into energy, and are an important factor during the burning of fat. Preferred sources are rice, oats, whole wheat bread, noodles, and vegetables. The total daily amount of carbohydrates should be around 800-900 g, which corresponds to an energy value of 4.1 kcal per gram of a daily caloric-intake of 3,200 to 3,600 only for carbohydrates. 85% are best taken in form of complex carbohydrates, the remaining 15% as simply carbohydrates, mostly fruit.
  3. Sufficient supply of calories
    Bodybuilder who work out daily and cat only 2,000 to 3,000 kcal per day should not wonder when they do not obtain any sizable gains. If you have ever watched a massive bodybuilder taking steroids during his buildup phase you will know that eating a pound of steak, 4 large potatoes, and a bowl of salad together with a protein drink is nothing unusual “To get big, you have to eat big” is a favorite slogan among massive bodybuilders. Those who are healthy, have a normal metabolism, follow a hard and heavy training schedule, want to build up mass, and take steroids, will usually come closer to their goal when eating approx. 5,000 calories per day.
  4. Eat according to the clock
    This point is most often neglected because it requires a high degree of discipline, motivation, and long range planning. The human being is a “creature of habit” and the body loves regular schedules. It is highly recommended to put together a nutrition plan which fits your daily schedule and to follow through without compromise. Eat several meals a day, possibly 5-6 and always at the same time. No matter whether or not you are hungry, traveling, at work or with friends, at five o clock you should know that it is time for your fifth meal, so EAT. Regular meals in short intervals induce the body to continuously release insulin. This is extremely important since insulin transports amino acids to the muscle cell and the body is in an anabolic state. Irregular meals, skipping a meal, fewer large meals are totally counterproductive.
    In the following table is an example of a daily schedule which meets the above mentioned requirements. This nutrition program is obviously only intended as a guideline and can be changed by athletes in every way to meet his individual needs, as long as the discussed requirements are met.

    P

    CH

    F

    kcal

    First meal, 7 am:

    8 oz. oatmeal

    25

    155

    18

    880

    0.6 1 skim milk, 0.3% fat

    21

    29

    2

    240

    0.2 1 orange juice

    18

    80

    3 oz. grapes

    1

    17

    70

    47

    219

    20

    1270

    Second meal, 10.30 am:

    10 oz, whole wheat bread

    18

    120

    6

    600

    4 oz. cheese, 12% fat

    22

    5

    10

    200

    0.51 kefir milk

    20

    20

    4

    1 banana

    1

    35

    —150

    61

    180

    20

    1150

    Third meal, 2.00 pm:

    8 oz. brown rice

    22

    170

    6

    850

    10 oz. turkey

    60

    5

    300

    5 oz. vegetables

    1

    7

    — 30

    93

    177

    11

    1180

    Fourth meal, 5.30 pm

    5 whole eggs

    30

    30

    400

    16 Oz. baked potatoes

    10

    100

    5

    430

    Mixed salad

    1

    10

    —50

    41

    110

    35

    880

    Fifth meal, 9,00 pm:

    7 oz. cottage cheese

    25

    5

    4

    200

    7 Oz. whole wheat bread

    12

    80

    4

    400

    1 oz. peanut buffer

    6

    3

    10

    120

    1 apple, approx. 4 oz.

    14

    60

    0.2 1 orange juice

    18

    80

    43

    120

    18

    860

    Total:

    285

    806

    104

    5340

      P – Proteins, CH – CarboHydrates, F – Fat
      Note: Since meal number two and three are taken at work we recommend that you prepare them the night before, keep them in a cooler, and take them to work.The effectiveness of this nutrition program and the indicated guidelines are based on two necessary basic requirements: MOTIVATION AND DISCIPLINE. This really shows how strong your desire really is to build strength and muscle mass and how much you are willing to do to achieve this goal. You must simply be convinced that in combination with a consequent, right nutrition optimal and quickest progress can be made. Get enthusiastic about a high quality and often monotonous nutrition: If the spark and willpower are not there, the program is often carried out for two to three weeks and in the following the athlete goes back to his old comfortable eating habits. Bodybuilders with a clear goal before their eyes, an enormous willpower, a strong psyche, a great deal of enthusiasm, and a small tendency to masochism continue this schedule over months and even years. Always keep in mind: Your results are the mirror image of your hard work.
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