Bodybuilding Diet Without Counting Calories
By The Guide Building Muscle While Losing Fat
If you are a bodybuilder then you will know very well all about the importance of good nutrition, good diet and what good food is. But did you know that you do not have to count every calorie that you digest in order to be successful at bodybuilding.
You may be asking why because the only effective way that you have found of restricting your intake and losing fat is by counting calories. This may be so but there are calories and there are calories and some go a lot farther than others. There are many different ways of explaining this but probably the best way to compare yourself and your system with that of a car.
The good gas makes your car run great, the bad gas makes your car run... but builds gunk in your engine. Your body is the same way. Put in the bad carbs/calories and all they do is sit there, turning into fat as you watch TV and there you are thinking, "I only eat 1,000 calories a day, why am I not losing weight?!"
Another way to explain this is by comparing two guys eating habits and both doing the same training. Both these guys of fairly equal size and fitness level. We put both guys on the same training program and allow each man to eat 3,000 calories per day.
Guy A can only get his calories from lean meats and fish; fresh fruits and vegetables; and sweet potatoes and brown rice.
Guy B can only get his calories from candy, ice cream and fast food.
It is plain to see which of these two guys will get the better results if they both stayed on this “diet” for 6 or 8 weeks. The point is that when it comes to calories, quality is a lot more important than quantity.
If you concentrate on the quality of the calories you consume, you end up taking in less calories total: most high-quality foods (chicken breasts, veggies, etc.) are low in calories. You may be asking why not just cut out the fat in your diet which is a good question.
It's no secret that too much fat in a diet is not a good thing. But, cutting out all fat is not a good idea either. Keep in mind that one gram of fat equals nine calories, while one gram of protein and/or carbs equals only four calories. If your current diet consists of 30% fat (or more) and you decide to simply cut it all out, you have eliminated a significant portion of your calorie intake.
However dropping your calories too low will drastically slow down your metabolism, and your body will start to feed off of muscle tissue. Unless you're stranded on an island, cannibalizing yourself is not good. Additionally, we all know how bad it feels when we don't eat enough; it becomes difficult to concentrate on a simple conversation, much less to hit it hard in a workout.
People who cut carbs lose weight fast. That's because they lost mostly water weight, since glycogen holds more than double its weight in water. This is why just using a scale to gauge your progress is a bad idea. Glycogen is burned throughout the day, and eating carbs refuels your tank. If you suddenly stop refilling the tank, your body still needs a source of fuel for the brain.
In this case, your body will make its own glycogen by breaking down muscle tissue which is not good. So you may be asking if you cannot cut fat and you cannot cut carbs how to do you lose fat and build muscle without counting calories and the answer is a simple slow change.
The long-term solution is not to simply cut things out, but to replace what you're currently eating with better and more thermic foods that your body can use. Also known as complementary eating which can be best described by describing a good well prepared complimentary meal without counting calories.
Lean protein (eggs, chicken, fish, bison, beef, low fat dairy, etc.)
Fibrous carbohydrate (fruits and vegetables)
Starchy carbohydrate (sweet potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal, etc.)
Healthy fats (monounsaturated, Polyunsaturated, Omega-3 fatty acids - avocado, nuts, olive oil, etc.)
It is called complementary eating because each aspect complements the other: proteins build muscle; starchy carbs create energy; fibrous carbs move it all through the body; and healthy fats promote joint health, heart health and cognitive function.
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