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10 nutrition facts to help grow and maintain muscle
Get 20%–30% of daily calories from fat
Fats are good for you (particularly monounsaturated and saturated). They maintain testosterone levels, levels which are important for building muscle. Red meat for saturated, nuts for monounsaturated, fish for essential omega 3 polyunsaturated.
Eat before bedtime
When you have no food available for a large amount of time the body turns to breaking down muscle for amino acids. Sleeping is a large amount of time. Eat slow digesting proteins and amino acids such as from yogurt or mixed nuts.
Consume at least 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight daily
To feed feed feed your muscle, this is about the optimum ratio.
Add 2–5 grams of creatine to your pre and post workout shakes
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Drink a shake pre and post workout, or consume good proteins.
Protein synthesis takes time, as you workout your body begins it, if the supply doesn’t meet the demand you’re not giving your muscles what they need when they need it. They need it as you are working out.
Eat the right carbs around workouts
Research shows that when athletes eat slower- digesting carbs, they not only have more energy and less fatigue during exercise but also burn more fat during training and experience less hunger throughout the day.
Consume 20 calories per pound of bodyweight daily
If you burn more calories than you consume your body can go into conservation mode and stop supporting muscle growth. This amount may vary depending on your sport or what you are trying to achieve, but this is a great fact for optimum muscle growth.
Consume the right amount of carbs for your goals
If you’re looking to pack on lots of muscle, consume a good amount of health carbs. If you’re looking to lean out reduce your in take and teach your body to turn to fat for energy.
Eat every 2–3 hours
This helps you stay lean, supporting your muscles in their growth. Keep every meal about the same size.
Eat plenty of foods with BCAA on top of your protein shakes
leucine is the MVP for instigating muscle growth, it is a type of branch chain amino acid. BCAA also supply energy. They are used directly by the muscle for energy during explosive workouts.