There are a few nutritional mistakes that you must avoid to achieve your fitness goal. I will show you how to avoid them and achieve your fitness goals.
1. Real men stick to their diet 365 days a year
It is commonly said that you will have to stick to your diet for 364 days of a year. This is exactly what I followed during my first year as a bodybuilder. Sometimes it would happen that I would consume chocolates in a minute or two and then I would start thinking about the next meal.
I have changed my routine this year. I have decided to introduce a day every week which I can enjoy as a cheat day. I picked Sunday for that purpose. On Sundays, I would eat my favorite chocolates in the morning and will give them an entire day to burn. Additionally, on Sundays I would not calculate and write down the calories and the other nutritional value of the food consumed.
2. Putting on 1 Libra a week is better than 5 Libra
One thing is certain; more carbs will make you fat. If you are over eating them, you are on your way to become fat. Even over eating them in the off season is no excuse.
Remember that your body has a limit for the muscle mass. You cannot keep on adding the weight and think that it is adding to the muscle weight. A careful reading tells us that anything over 2 lbs in a week is fat. If you need to get a good shape, you will have to take care of this aspect. You will have to make sure that you are keeping your weight in check.
3. Eating anything that doesn’t move
It is generally believed and often advised that the bodybuilders must eat as much they can get to eat. Now there is a difference between eating everything and eating a lot. The builders do need to eat a lot especially the ones who have a fast metabolism. But you will have to be careful while eating because you will have to maintain the level of fats as well.
4. Not eating enough
Remember that you have to eat so much that you are getting around 250 calories over your maintenance level. This will ensure that you are building the muscles. Anything above 300 will convert to fats in most of the cases. Avoid the catabolic state. In this state, your body consumes your muscle for the purpose of energy and hence reduces your muscle mass.
Following diets from magazines
Remember that following the diets from magazines is not a great idea. It only gives you partial information. It does not relate to you particularly and you may have different metabolism that what is meant the diets for. You will have to take special care while adapting to the diets from magazines.
5. Thinking fast is the enemy
Many people think that fats are bad for them. Yes, it is true if you are taking the bad fats. But there are good fats as well. The fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated are good for you in a limited quantity.
6. Training alone will help you reach your goals
Many people have the wrong concept about the diet and the training. What they think is that the diet plays a major role in their campaign to get a good shape. Some of them think that the training alone does that. None of them is right. Both things are to be combined to get the best output.
7. Eating too little when dieting
Dieting is needed at many stages. But remember that this does not mean dropping 4000 calories in a single step. The maximum that you should drop in a step is around 300 calories and nothing more than that. If you are dropping 4000 calories in one step, then your body will enter the catabolic stage which will reduce your muscle size and mass.
Also, dropping so highly will not give you the right kind of energy to carry on the tough workout routine. So make sure that you are maintaining a good dieting routine working out the diet in steps.
8. Using someone else’s diet just because it works for them
A major mistake that most of the people make is that they follow someone else’s diet plan because it worked for that someone. This is a huge mistake as everyone has a different system and the metabolism rate for all of us is different. Following someone else’s routine will not help you at all. You will have to make a routine according to your own body needs and your metabolism rate.
9. Supplements replacing a good diet
Another major mistake that people often make is to replace a good diet with supplements. Supplements are important as they give you valuable energy boosts needed to carry out the workout and to increase the muscle mass. But they are in no way a replacement for your diet. A good diet cannot be replaced by anything at all.