You’ve had it said before that bodybuilding or training is 80 percent nutrition and 20 percent exercise. But, how true is this? No matter how you look at it, no one can separate nutrition from training or vice versa. These two have a synergistic relationship meaning whether your main goal is to get athletic conditioning, lose fat or build muscle, you will not get optimal results if you don’t pay attention to nutrition and training.
In actual fact, if your focus is to burn fat and build muscle, then you should approach these as a three part series – nutrition, cardio training and strength training. Picture each part of the series as the individual legs of a 3-legged stool; if you pull even one of the legs, the entire stools comes down.
Nutrition is very important to training but depending on which stage of your training you are in, emphasizing on either nutrition or training can yield you greater results.
If you are a rookie trainer with little knowledge about nutrition, then taking your time to understand proper nutrition is actually more important than training at this point. Good quality nutrition will speed up the fat loss and muscle creation process.
If for example your diet is predominantly comprised of processed foods, eliminating them and replacing them with healthy, natural and whole foods will make a significant difference in your physical appearance very fast.
You should bear in mind that no matter how hard you train, if you don’t nourish your body with the healthy and proper nutrition, it will all be in vain.
The reason why nailing a healthy nutrition is so important for a beginner is their nervous as well as muscular systems are still not tuned to exercise and therefore as small a tweak as embracing healthy and unprocessed whole foods can spark fat loss and muscle growth.
Intermediate or advanced
Once you have the nutrition part in check, the changes you make in your training regimes become increasingly important and it’s important you get a regimen that is tailor made for you in order to reap the best results.
At this point, nutrition and training work hand in hand with a well-balanced diet with lean protein, healthy fats, fruit and veggies being paramount to your lifting and endurance abilities. Some people think that dirty bulking is the easiest way to bulk up but this is so far from the truth.
Dirty bulking (following a high calorie diet that’s mostly made of junk and fast food) will cause you to first gain fat making you thicker but not muscular. As a result, you will still need to do a lot of work to burn fat for you to see any semblance of a muscular structure not to mention the unnecessary strain you will be exerting on your body.
Good nutrition is what will help you steer your fitness goals in the right direction as training turns them into reality.