Introduction

A key component of the formula for bodybuilding success is nutrition. Nutrition is what gives us the raw materials for recuperation, energy, and growth. Without a good diet, your dreams of achieving your ideal body will never be reached.

In this article I’ll discuss the characteristics of a good bodybuilding diet and also cover the macronutrients that we need on a daily basis, as well as how much, in order to gain muscle and lose fat.

Characteristics of a Good Nutrition Program

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Introduction

In Mass Training Tactics – Part 1 we talked about how to properly cycle your bodybuilding training in order to ensure continuous gains in muscle size and strength. We discussed the importance of having Active Recovery Phases coupled with Loading and Growth Phases. This month our focus will be on how to properly implement a Growth Phase.

Like we previously mentioned in Part 1, during the Growth Phase the body is not stressed by volume. This time the stimuli for growth is heavy weights.

During this phase the following three things will happen:

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Nowadays there are a number of new diets and exercise gadgets advertised on t.v. or in the fitness magazines that promise you will have the body of your dreams in no time. They state that all you need to do is follow their program for a couple of weeks and presto!

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With so much emphasis being placed on what foods to eat and exercises to perform, a topic that does not get discussed very often is the one of food seasonings. At one time or the other, we have all indulged in some type of food that has been loaded with seasoning to make it taste great! The question now remains, are these seasonings good or bad for you?

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One of the biggest things that bother me when it comes to eating healthy and helping others decrease body fat are deceptive food labels. I cannot begin to describe to you how many people have fallen for the evil tricks that the weight loss industry has set up for them.

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As I was walking around the grocery store the other day I saw several food labels that said fat free, sugar free, reduced calories and 97% fat free. While someone may initially think they are making a good choice, they may be wrong!

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