This is isn’t your grandmother’s pie; the pie we are going to talk about is in the form of a pie chart. Yup that’s right a pie chart. A lovely display of proteins, fats and carbohydrates that make up ones caloric intake. This pie chart displays what is known as macronutrients. These three pillars of the nutrition world are really what matter when making up your caloric intake and achieving muscle growth. In this article we will take a look at the importance of each one and what role they play inside your body.
Well we will start with the golden child of the three, protein. Anyone knows if you want to gain muscle mass you have to eat protein. Protein never gets bashed like its counterparts fats and carbs, mainly because of its good publicity in the weight lifting/nutrition world.
So what is it? Well protein is a large grouping of one or more long chains of amino acids. The main role of protein is to build muscle. It really is the building block of your body from your hair to your heart, and everything in between. Protein plays a vital role in the overall structure of one’s body.
Another important function that protein plays is the formation of antibodies that fight off infection. So the next time you’re feeling that cold coming on, put down that orange and reach for a steak!
Well in the past few years carbohydrates have become almost as scary as the girl from the Exorcist. So let’s take a look at what this scary possessed monster really is. A carbohydrate is made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.
It comes in two forms, simple and complex-more on this in a future blog post. There are tons of fad diets out there that bash carbs and make people believe that they can get by with almost zero in their diet. This really started with the Atkins diets several years back.
However, carbohydrates are important and play a huge role in gaining muscle mass. Carbs fuel your body and give you energy to push through intense workouts. If you do not have enough carbs in your diet, your body will turn to your proteins as a fuel source, which will deplete your levels needed to build muscle.
Not the ‘F’ word…people without a lot of knowledge on nutrition think that consuming even small amounts of fat make you fat. Some may even think that fat has no place in a diet when you are trying to gain muscle mass. While too much of anything in your diet can do this, they couldn’t be more wrong.
So what is fat? Well fat is a main component that makes up your body, just like bone, muscle, water and your organs. Fat is classified into two groups, essential fat and storage fat.
The important part of a well-rounded diet is to eat enough fat to keep your essential fat levels high enough, without building up excess and turning it into storage fats. Let’s face it, we are not grizzly bears getting ready to hibernate for the winter, so there is no need to pack on unnecessary fat.
Without proper fat intake, your body cannot process and absorb certain vitamins. Fat also provides your body with extra energy when needed and is vital for your hormones and immune system.
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So which one of these has the biggest impact on your performance in the gym? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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