Due to misinformation and lack of knowledge thereof many bodybuilders make false starts into their careers through poor dietary practices. To this effect it is crucial that recommendations are made which will serve to advise other bodybuilders in as far as the diet is concerned. There are five tips here that can really be of help to you as a bodybuilder.
1. Refrain from impatient dieting
There is the common mistake that most people are very impatient in as far as letting the body adjust accordingly to the stipulated diet. When you get started on a diet you should allow the body a minimum of three weeks before you can start assessing whether the diet is efficient or not. For example if you have just started on a low fat and carbs diet that also has moderate proteins you should give the body a minimum of 21 days before you can make a meaningful conclusion as to whether you should adjust the diet or continue with it.
2. The failure to keep tabs on the calories
One of the most fundamental mistakes that you can make when you are on a diet is failing to measure the calories you are ingesting be they proteins, fats or carbs. For the greatest success in a dirt regimen ensure that you know exactly what you are eating. You must have a scale and preferably an almanac that has food values you can compare against.
3. Haphazard eating
Whether the diet you are embarking on is meant to increase your muscle mass or whether it is meant to help you lose weight you should make sure that you eat consistently and not haphazardly. The 5-6 meals regimen daily is very effective in ensuring that there is optimal nutrient intake and that there is a limited tendency for the body to store fat. This is typically the best option that can be adopted by the hard-gainer who has a torrid time getting ripped.
4. Using the scale as your only gauge of progress
This is a common mistake on both sides of the coin. For those trying to add weight and mass the scale is usually very slow to indicate added weight so the person is tempted to eat lots of calories to hasten the progress. On the other hand those trying to lose weight are tempted top cut down drastically on the calories. Bodybuilding is pegged on the visual more than what the scale says. If your peers tell you that your body is looking leaner and trim then you should know that the diet is probably working for you.
5. The tendency to overeat
An athlete may be misguided as to what he/she is supposed to eat when they are on a low fat diet. Many are tempted to increase the amount of carbs but little do they know that when the body has had enough of these for a day the rest is usually turned into body fat. This turns out to be counterproductive.