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4 Ways Nutrition Works to Build and Maintain Muscle

By Rick Garner

Let’s face it; when you want to get the most out of your workouts and begin to build muscle or maintain the muscle mass you have now, it’s important to know exactly what role your food plays in how quickly or slowly you will build up those muscles.  Whether your exercise is a leisurely two mile walk or a more intense routine, there of 4 points to keep in mind when it comes to food’s effect on your results.

Make Sure That You Keep the Proteins Coming

You already know that proteins are the key to keeping your body strong and working as it should; but do you know what you end up doing when you limit or cut out proteins from your diet all together?

In this case, proteins do not mean meats only; it also refers to things like eggs, peanuts and other types of nuts, tuna and other fish, and cheese ~ to name a few. These items keep your body and muscles fueled.

Limit Sugary Intake

If you want to build muscles in any way you are better off to be aware of how much sugar you are taking in. It is very well known that sugar is the fuel that the body uses to convert into energy for your workouts and in everyday life. Sugary foods will help you   keep going while working out to build muscles, but you will feel pretty bad afterwards when “the crash” hits.

Remember to Keep Your Electrolytes Even

Although this is not a food item, you really need to make sure that your body’s electrolytes are balanced at all times whether you are trying to build muscles or not. This can be done in a few different ways ~ the most common is to keep electrolyte drinks with you as you are going through your workout and your daily activities.

Keep Those Carbohydrates in There

You need to remember to balance your carbohydrates in balance with everything else. There is no need to cut these essential foods out when you are working to build muscles. The main benefit of carbohydrates is that they actually fuel the body.  So if you are exercising daily, particularly strenuously, take in more carbs ~ if you exercise a moderate amount, simply cut back on your carb intake.

Thanks to Fitness Health Zone.

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