Like everyone, a bodybuilder should eat a wide variety of foods, and include foods from the four main food groups everyday. Obviously, the quantities which are recommended to the general population are not in line with bodybuilding nutrition requirements, but do give a guide as to what is a healthy diet.
1. Starchy foods - cereals, potatoes, bread, rice pasta.
2. Fruit and vegetables - all fresh, frozen and canned, fruit juice. Have at least five servings a day ~ provides vitamins, minerals and fibre.
3. Meat, fish and alternatives - red meat, poultry, fish, beans, lentils, nuts, eggs, cheese ~ provides protein and some minerals.
4. Milk and milk products - milk, yoghurt, cheese. Have either a half to one pint of low fat milk per day, or include yoghurt or low fat cheese ~ provides protein and calcium.
There is a fifth group, i.e. everything else - all fatty and sugary foods. There is no set requirement for these as part of a healthy diet. If these foods are enjoyed, they can be included in a balanced diet occasionally, and will improve variety.
It is important to enjoy your food and okay to include personal favourites in your diet sometimes. If you are watching your weight you should consider the portion sizes of your meals, and try not to eat in between meals.
I'll be looking at incorporating a healthy diet into a bodybuilding eating regimen in Section D, where I will give examples of meal plans.
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