It's true that the grueling workout you've invested at the local "iron jungle" will stimulate your muscles to grow bigger and stronger. But ultimately it's your diet that will provide the "building blocks" for this new growth.
However, there's more to a bodybuilder's diet than mountains of canned tuna and protein powder. Timing your meals just right will provide you with a competitive edge that will allow you to build muscle faster and help burn those extra layers of fat covering up your hard work.
When you wake up, you're at the end of a 7-9 hour fast and your muscles are screaming for nutrition. Start off with a potent protein drink for fast absorption mixed with some complex carbs for fueling your day.
(For my "top secret recipe" of the world's best mass building breakfast, check out my “top tip” at the end of this article!)
1-2 Hours Before Your Workout
You're about to send your muscles into the "combat zone" so shouldn't you provide them with the ammunition they need to "take the hill"?
Load up on some complex carbs that will provide the long lasting fuel you'll need to power through your intense workout. Add a full dose of protein to provide a ready source of amino acids and give your muscles a head start on the growth process as you stress the muscle cells during your workout.
Immediately After Your Workout
You've used up the glycogen (stored carbohydrates) in your muscle cells as fuel for your workout and if you don't replenish them fast, you're bound to short circuit your growth.
Within 45 minutes to an hour after your workout you need to down a high-glycemic, high protein drink while your body is primed for fast absorption. Take in between 75 - 100 grams of sugar and about 25% of your day's total protein requirement along with a healthy dose of monounsaturated fats to help stimulate testosterone production.
You're about to enter another long period of fasting at bedtime, but it's also a prime time for your body to repair and build muscle. The problem is that your metabolism slows way down when you sleep so a large meal before turning in has the potential to trigger fat storage.
To provide the building blocks your body needs for growth while minimizing fat storage, eat a light meal consisting of slow-digesting protein and some easily digestible carbs. A bowl of cottage cheese with some fruit is ideal or mix a scoop of protein powder (one with casein in it is best) into some milk or water. Be sure to avoid high carbs and fat calories at this time.
* * * TOP DIET TIP * * *
Ok, it's time for my promised “Top Secret” Pre-Workout Power Potion Recipe that will give you everything you need to turbo-charge your workouts while providing a ready source of amino acids to avoid muscle loss and begin the growth process.
Follow the directions on the next page and consume this mixture about 1-2 hours before your workout …
The “Muscle Nerd's” Top Secret
Pre-Workout Power Potion
Ingredient 1: 1.5 cups Skim Milk
Milk is probably one of the most overlooked supplements there is! It's loaded with both fast-digesting (whey) and slow-digesting (casein) proteins for a steady supply of amino acids...and it's been proven in research to be a powerful growth hormone releaser!
Ingredient 2: ½ Frozen "Slightly Green" Banana
Ripe bananas have more sugar content than bananas that are still slightly green and will result in more of a quick "sugar rush" instead of supplying long term energy to power through your workout. Grab a bunch of "slightly green" bananas at your local supermarket, peel them all, and place them in a plastic bag in your freezer to break up and add to your protein blender drinks as desired.
Ingredient 3: 2 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter
"Natural" peanut butter ( NOT the commercial hydrogenated garbage!) is loaded with mono-unsaturated fats…perfect for helping you raise your body's testosterone levels for increased muscle mass and rapid fat burning. Look for a product that ONLY lists " Peanuts " and " Salt " on the list of ingredients.
Ingredient 4: ½ Cup Raw Oat Bran or Uncooked Oatmeal
Raw oat bran, like oatmeal, is a complex carbohydrate that is ideal for supplying tons of sustained energy for your workouts… AND the rest of the day.
Its finer texture makes is a better option for blender drinks, but if you only have access to oatmeal, make sure you put the dry oatmeal alone in the blender first and give it a few seconds on "high" to break it up a bit more.
Ingredient 5: ½ Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein
In addition to the casein protein from the milk, whey protein will provide you with additional, ready-to-deliver amino acids that will provide your muscles with a "jump start" on the recovery process.
Vanilla flavored powder seems to go best with this drink but chocolate flavored is another great option!
Directions: Ok…this is pretty self-explanatory, but here goes…
Add the first 4 ingredients in the order listed and blend on "High" for about 15 seconds. While it's still blending, open the top and add the protein powder . Blend for another 5 seconds…stop… drink…wipe the "smoothie mustache" off your face...and enjoy your workout!
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