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    Discussion in 'Diet & Nutrition' started by Newstarter, Jan 8, 2019.

    1. Newstarter

      Newstarter Well-Known Member

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      I had a heated debate with a friend the other day who said fitness and excerise were the be all and end all of muscle building. I disagreed strongly, diet is a major part.

      Any views? I need to shoot him down in flames next time I see him lol
       
    2. MarkB

      MarkB Administrator Staff Member

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      You are spot on, dieting is a major part of all muscle building/exercise in general. A healthy body and healthy mind and all that :)
       
    3. abbasrizvi918

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      It's 100% diet and 100% Exercise. None can work without the other
       
    4. MarkB

      MarkB Administrator Staff Member

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      Hi @abbasrizvi918

      I am planning to be more active on the forum - how is your fitness regime going?
       
    5. Michael Harrington

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      You can’t make proper muscle gains without a good diet to fuel you, and that’s because your body relies on nutrients to create new tissues. It would be like trying to make lemonade without lemons.

      Muscles need protein to grow and specifically certain amino acids within it. If you don’t give your body enough of these and other vital nutrients, then there really wouldn’t be much to work with. In fact, as protein needs elevate during workouts, your body may turn to existing muscles and break these down to cater to your needs through a process called catabolism.

      So abs truly are made in the kitchen first, then a good strength training plan comes second.

      When deciding which foods to include in your diet to reach your goal, pick the option(s) that best suit your lifestyle and goals. I've included the best into my muscle-building plan thanks to the guidance of Iron Orr Fitness personal trainers.
       
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    6. Leont

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      Your muscles need building material to grow, and they take it from what you eat. So diet is very important.
       
    7. admin

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      I would be interested to hear what diet you use for your health and fitness?
       
    8. Leont

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      It depends on how much I want to bulk up. Basically, I stick to this type of nutrition: on the first day I eat 1 part of carbohydrates, 1 part of proteins and 1 part of fiber with fats for breakfast, lunch and dinner, on the second day I exclude carbohydrates from breakfast and replace them with protein, on the third day I exclude carbohydrates from breakfast and lunch and so on. It turns out that on day 4 there are no carbohydrates at all. I do not claim that my diet is the best, I would like to consider other options, but it will be very difficult for me to readjust
       

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