Low-Carb Bodybuilding Diet – Is It Even
is how some people think bodybuilding works: you eat enough carbs to avoid
using up the protein in the body because you need as much of it as possible in
order to build muscles. And yet, there are some people who try to be
bodybuilders while still adhering to a low-carb diet. Which raises the
question, is it actually possible to be a bodybuilder on a low-carb diet? More
importantly, what would the results be like? Well, here's is a look at the
implications a low-carb diet would have on your bodybuilding efforts.
There are many longstanding myths
about bodybuilding diets. One of the most common of this is the argument that
to put on muscle mass, you have to go low on fats and high on carbs. This
perception makes many people highly sceptical about the effectiveness of a
low-carb diets for bodybuilding. To many, it seems extremely counterproductive
for someone trying to build muscle to consume less carbs.
Doesn’t Mean None!
First of all, you need to understand
one important truth a low carb does not mean no carbs. So, even if you are
consuming less carbs, you will still have something to burn through when trying
to bulk up. For one, you should understand that at least 30 percent of your
calories should come from your carbs. Below this value, you would be talking of
a carb deficiency, not a low carb diet, and in bodybuilding circles, a diet
where carbs contribute just 30% of the required calories certainly falls under
the "low-carb" category.
While at it, you will have to
ensure that proteins are responsible for a much bigger proportion of your
caloric requirements. Even so, you have to ensure that this percentage does not
go beyond 35%. Past this limit, the added protein offers no additional muscle
Calories From Fats
A reduction in carb consumption
will also mean leaning a lot more on fats as a source of your daily calories.
But, as with the proteins, you should not let the fats in your diet account for
more than 35% of your required calorie intake. As you have probably figured out
by now, the total amount of calories from the carbs (30%), proteins (35%) and
fats (35%) should add up to 100% with the most extreme low carb diet.
To Use Better Quality Carbs
Then there is the issue of carb
quality. When on a low-carb diet, you have to ensure that the quality of carbs
you consume is much better. For instance, whole grain, vegetables and fruits
provide high quality carbs that can make a low-carb diet more appropriate for a
Results Speak For Themselves
So, in answering the question
whether a low-carb bodybuilding diet works, it is important to look at some of
the results this diet has produced. The simple answer is that this diet
actually works. In fact, low-carb may help out in some ways. For instance,
getting a sculptured muscle definition requires economic use of carbs.
There are lots of ripped guys and
girls who sport sculptured physiques despite sticking to low-carb diets. But as
mentioned above, you have to ensure you don't go beyond the minimum carb
requirements to avoid burning away muscle mass. The truth is, many bodybuilders
go overboard when it comes to carb intakes, which by definition makes any carb
intake around the minimum consumption requirements fall under the low-carb diet
category in the bodybuilding universe.
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