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Bodybuilding stop overeating

Posted by: Ron

Avoiding overeating may sound counter intuitive if your goal is to build more muscle so just read on for the explanation.

To build size, avoid overeating

The common remedy to being underweight is stuffing yourself full of food. Whatever it is goes. Some self appointed “authorities” even suggest eating candy bars just to add calories so if you’re underweight, you can get bigger.

Where that “theory” falls short is your body has no need for “calories”, it wants nutrients so the quality of the food you eat is much more important than the quantity and so is the frequency of when you eat. The best way to ensure the most bang for the buck as far as your muscle building endeavor is concerned is to eat small to medium sized meals, more often, perhaps 4 – 6 times a day. This allows your digestive system to work more effectively without being over worked at one time.

Vince Gironda’s words on overeating:

“When the body is given superfluous amounts of food, the digestive apparatus is busy juggling the extras and its efficiency in handling the necessary elements is impaired.

The question arises: Why do we feel the need to eat more food than the body actually requires? The answer lies in what we eat. The body interprets food as nourishment nutrients, vital minerals and vitamins. If the food you eat does not contain sufficient of these, you are bound to overeat in order to feel satisfied.


Your main goal should be to eat just the right amount that your digestive system can process before your next meal. Depending on the state of your digestive system, that can be anywhere from 2 – 4 hours.

Keep in mind that a bodybuilder, who’s trying to build muscle, has far different nutritional needs than a sedentary person.

Overeating also keeps your digestive system occupied and hunger suppressed, which means you’ll wait longer and longer between meals. This could result in your nitrogen balance dropping into the negative which is when your body starts breaking down your hard earned muscle tissue.

In summary, keep eating smaller meals, more often and avoid overeating.

For more information go to Vince Gironda Workout and Diet

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