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Why Bodybuilding Breakfast Nutrition is So Important for Muscle Building Results

  May 1st, 2011

The importance of bodybuilding breakfast meals is not a very popular topic. When it comes to bodybuilding, we typically think of the post-workout meal as being the most integral to our ability to most effectively pack on muscle mass.

I certainly would not argue against the importance of post-workout nutrition when it comes to building muscle mass. However, I would say that bodybuilding breakfast meals do not get the attention that they rightfully deserve.

Breakfast and Anabolism

When we rise in the morning, our body has just gone through a prolonged period of time without receiving any new energy in the form of food. Because of this, our body’s glycogen (sugar) levels are extremely low. This is why cardio workouts performed immediately after waking up are so effective at burning fat.

Without adequate amounts of sugar in the blood to fuel your cardio workout, your body must turn to oxidizing fat to provide your muscles with energy.

Before you have eaten in the morning, your muscles will be in need of the nutrients required to continue to rebuild and grow. Because your muscles have a nutritional shortage in the morning, as soon as you feed your body, your body will send as much nutrient rich blood to your muscles as quickly as possible, producing an anabolic response.

Bodybuilding Breakfast Carbohydrates

It is absolutely imperative that you provide your body with a good mix of simple and complex carbohydrates with your bodybuilding breakfast. This will make sure your muscles are provided with an immediate source of energy and nutrition from the simple carbohydrates along with the sustained nutritional benefits of the slower digesting complex carbohydrates.

It should also go without saying that you will want to include a substantial amount of protein with any bodybuilding breakfast meal.

Nutrient Recommendations

Other than your post workout meal, your bodybuilding breakfast should be the largest meal of the day.

Since your body has gone several hours without being fed, it will have an immediate need for nutrition and will be much less likely to store the food you consume in the form of fat.

That being said, you still do not want to eat an overly-excessive amount of carbohydrates. Eating a high volume of carbs will lead to a substantial spike in blood sugar that will be more than is needed by your body and will lead to gains in body fat.

My nutritional recommendation for bodybuilding breakfasts is as follows:

Grams of Carbohydrates = Bodyweight (in lbs) / 2

Grams of Protein = Bodyweight (in lbs) / 4

Proportioning your bodybuilding breakfasts with the above formulas will provide your muscles with sufficient anabolic nutrition without an extreme spike in blood sugar that will only lead to gains in body fat.


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