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Powerlifting is a sport that is not geared so much toward fitness as it towards being able to lift as much weight as you can. Powerlifting nutrition is an important step to take in the process of reaching your optimal level of performance, because not only do you want a high amount of muscle but you also don't want a high level of fat. Too much body fat can inhibit performance and cause breathing problems. A good powerlifting nutrition plan can help you build muscle, have more energy, and get the maximum results possible while working out but still have a healthy recovery after each session. The nutrition plan will include a lot of calories, as the more calories you eat the more muscle you can build.
Powerlifting Nutrition Tips
A major part of your plan will be protein, mainly animal proteins such as fish, meat, eggs, and dairy. As your body digests protein the amino acids in it are synthesized into muscle cells. Getting to much protein as power lifter is a really hard thing to do. You will need to consume about 2 grams of protein per pound of your body weight a day. Drinking a gallon of whole milk each day is another great way to consume protein and calories. A supplement may be used to help you get your optimal amount of protein.
Carbohydrates are another important part of your nutrition plan but it is much harder to control or know exactly what carbs to eat. If you need help, the glycemic index can give you almost any information you need. One way to judge good carbs from bad is to stick with the foods that are less processed and more closely resemble their original state. When food is processed to much you lose all nutritional value. Another good way is to go by color. Brown rice is better than white rice, yams or sweet potatoes over white and multigrain foods over white (such as bread, pasta).
You should also be eating 5-6 times a day to keep your body in fat-burning and muscle-building mode. By eating 5-6 times a day your body learns to expect food and therefore can burn the right amount of fat instead of burning all muscle. As a powerlfiter you should also be getting at least 80 oz. of water a day.
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