Simply put, the body fat percentage measurement is the estimate of how much of our overall body weight is comprised of fat. For instance, a person weighing 230lb with a body fat percentage of 10% will have 23lb of body fat, or there about.
Diet is the single most important aspect of bodybuilding, and, it’s where those who don’t put the effort in, or don’t have the knowledge to put together a good diet plan fail.
If you look at most bodybuilding articles, firstly they will tell you that you can’t build muscle without putting on fat – true to an extent, you can’t – and many will tell you to simply completely ignore the amounts of fat you are putting on whilst building muscle because you can cut later.
Of course, successful bodybuilding is the sum of many parts, but, if there were to be one single aspect which will halt your progress point blank quicker than any other, that would be diet.
Diet is the most important aspect of bodybuilding, and it always amazes me to find that people somehow think they can ‘cheat’ their body into growth without having to put the work in with the fork.
We’re always told to eat a load of protein. Some people seem to eat absolutely staggering amounts, even 3 grams per lb of bodyweight, I’ve seen in some cases. We’re inundated with protein supplements. It’s obvious our bodies need protein for a balanced diet and good health, but my question is, do we need protein to build muscle mass? Firstly, …
Mention fats to the average person in the street, and the first thing that will spring to mind is either a slab of meat with stretchy, jelly-like fats firmly attached, or an unhealthy obese individual, a walking-cholesterol time-bomb.
Whenever talk of how to put muscle on begins, it’s a given that protein is going to be mentioned. And, usually the actual amounts which are needed… such as 1-2 gram per lb of bodyweight, etc. How many times have you seen this? Must be hundreds, right?
Many bodybuilders pursue ‘bulking’ with reckless abandon, in that they will eat whatever they can lay their hands on to make the calories up – and carbs (carbohydrates) can often form a disproportionately large portion of their diet.
Ask any bodybuilder who has had substantial success in improving their physiques what the single most important macronutrient they eat is, and you can bet they say protein.