The bodybuilders who effortlessly thrust into everyone’s attention are those with firm wafer-thin waist, eight stripes of zebra crossing on their stomach, Popeye arms and a puffed up chest with pressed muscles. Not even a subtly dangling layer of fat is envisioned in the world of flawless bodybuilding. Its denizens are the musclemen, who are musclemen in every sense of this word. The sight of fat is nowhere to be seen around the body
Are these envy invoking men the products of a high-protein, markedly low fat diet?
When we put the facts on what components are vital to a wholesome bodybuilding diet on a plain sheet of paper, fat in many forms comes to the fore. The keen scientific endeavor to study the role of fat in encouraging muscle growth has brought to light that specific categories of fat such as Omega 3, 6 and 9 are a must for muscle growth. The fat that can taken to the cleaners for putting us out of shape is saturated fat, which has affinity for clinging onto veins, posing an obstruction to smooth blood flow. These are the fats than one has to be vigilant of and steer clear of the food products that contain them.
Having said that, one should think twice before becoming over-obsessive about irrationally cutting down on fat, as no fat sheer protein diet will lead to poor absorption of nutrients, destabilize the function of liver and lead to loss of weight over and above the needed level. Fat and protein work in unison to contour our body into a shape that we long to give it via targeted exercise. An indiscriminate reduction in fat intake has been known to impede the production of testosterone. It also renders a bodybuilder incapable of generating sudden bursts of energy that are imperative to accomplish heavy dead lifts, which in turn are indispensible for increasing the dimension of upper body.