Training stimulates muscle growth. But for your training to work, your body needs a sufficient amount of energy and enough raw material to get the results of your workout.
Nutrition involves learning how to stay lean, mean, and muscular. It means knowing how much of what kind of food to eat for the best results.
A calorie is a unit of energy. When you hear something contains 100 calories, it’s a way of describing how much energy your body could get from eating or drinking it.
The energy and raw materials which fuel your body are called nutrients, the most popular nutrients are:
- Protein, composed of various amino acids, provides the building block for muscle tissue. It is also a component of all organis, and is involved in the structure of skin, bones, and tendons as well as being involved in many bodily functions.
- Carbohydrates, fuel for energy, is composed of a variety of less complex or more complex sugars and scratch molecules.
- Fats (or oils), the nutrient that contains the most densely packed energy stores.
Water is also an essential nutrient. It constitutes 72 percent of muscles and most bodybuilders drink liters of it a day. In addition, nutritional supplementation can include a number of other substances such as herbs and hormones.
Other nutrients, called micronutrients, include:
- Vitamins – essential chemicals that facilitate various biochemical reactions
- Minerals – essential for a number of vital body functions, including muscular contraction
- Essential amino acids – parts of protein that we obtain in foods
- Essentials fatty acids – obtained from plans or fish
Remember, a Cheeseburger from McDonalds has all of the nutrients and macronutrients, but the results if you eat it on a regular basis will be catastrophic because of the quality and imbalance.