When to eat your bicep building meals?
This may come as a surprise to many of you but the truth is that your muscles build the most when you’re asleep. So if you’re looking to build muscle, you need to eat before you go to bed. I know that this goes against anything that you have ever heard when it comes to losing fat, but this article is about building muscle. The second most important time to eat is right after your bicep workouts. You’re bicep muscles go straight into repair mode as soon as your completed your workout, so you should feed them as soon as possible after you finish your bicep workouts.
Many professional bodybuilders eat up to eight meals a day. These are not big meals though, they eat enough food to last about three hours. If you put to much food in your body, you’ll weight it down and decrease performance. You only eat the food in that you’re going to need. When you eat a big meal, you body does not need all the nutrients from that meal right away, so it stores them, as fat. By eating smaller meals more frequently you only give your body what it needs, and it uses all of what you give it. This means more efficient bicep workouts, faster muscle growth and less fat storage. This is key to pounding out great bicep workouts.
Protein builds muscle?
Yep, protein is the building blocks of your bicep muscle; or any muscle group for that matter. In fact, much of what makes up your muscle is protein. When you hit your bicep workouts, you actually are producing tiny rips in your bicep muscle. Since protein is what makes up muscle mass, your body needs protein to repair broken down muscle and build new muscle. Many bicep building gurus debate over how much protein is needed for each hard gainer. My recommendation is east as much protein as possible. High protein foods include chicken, red meat, fish and eggs. If you are not consuming enough natural proteins, try a whey protein shake. Shoot for at least 1g/day for every pound of body weight. Ex. If you weight in at 200lbs try to eat at least 200gm of protein/day.
Don’t forget about carbohydrates!
Complex carbohydrates give you the energy you need to pound out those bicep workouts in the gym. Complex carbohydrates have a lower “glucose index” than simple carbohydrates. You want more complex carbohydrates in your diet as this produces a slow release of energy to keep your energy levels up throughout your day. Your diet should consist of foods such as whole grain wheat, brown bread, brown rice and potatoes. Remember, if you eat too many carbohydrates in one meal, your body will tend to try to store them as fat. Try to eat small doses of complex carbohydrates in each meal for optimum bicep workouts and energy levels.
Hopefully this will give you a general idea of what you need to eat to help get the most out of your muscle building bicep workouts. The key points to remember when trying to gain muscle are: Eat many small meals throughout the day, eat before you go to bed, eat plenty of protein and eat small amounts of complex carbohydrates in each meal.