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How is weight training diet helpful to me?
(April 16, 2008)

Diet tips for weight training  

Weight training exercises are generally carried out by the athletes that are needed to tone up the body and also to prepare them for competitions. However to carry out such activities there is a need for energy and power that can help the individual to carry out the training effectively. For this it is essential to get proper fuel and fluid which will help the most of power and muscle training sessions. It is very essential to understand what to eat and how the body should remain hydrated so that the fitness goals are achieved properly.

It is necessary to consume energy building foods like carbohydrates and protein in order to provide energy to the body throughout the session. The main function of carbohydrates is to provide energy as 1 gram provides 4 calories.

If carbohydrates are consumed sufficiently then it can spare the protein in building up of muscles. Protein rich foods help in improving the muscles and can increase the lean mass in the body. Make sure you have highly nutritious diet and fluid so that the calories are provided in good amount to provide energy to the individual for training sessions. Fluid helps in preventing the dehydration of the body that can occur after the training sessions due to heavy sweating.

It is very essential to plan a pre workout diet that contains high amount of carbohydrates and good sources of lean and protein. Certain snacks like smoothies made with milk, yoghurt, Soya and fruit juices, low fat cheese and crackers, energy drinks and carbohydrate rich energy bars. This will help in increasing the energy intake in comparison with energy expenditure. Fluid should be the top priority. For effective hydration, it is essential to drink 2 to 3 cups of water 2 hours before and an additional cup just 1hour before the work out. Apart from this, a well balanced post work out meal is needed. This meal is taken after 30 minutes of workout. This can help in adding the fuel   to the muscles and make sure that the person drinks at least 2 glasses of water after the work out. This will help in instant recovery from loss of water that has occurred due to excessive stress. A well balanced diet consisting of cereals, pulses, low fat milk, yoghurt, meat, fish are useful in building the lean muscle mass and reducing the fat content.

Thus as the need for energy increases it is essential to increase the intake of food so that there is a balance in the intake and expenditure and thus will prevent the individual from gaining weight or losing weight excessively.

Submitted by A V on April 16, 2008 at 04:29


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