Meal Replacements to Build Muscle | Bodybuilding Diet

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million
times: ‘I cannot eat all the food that you want me to eat all day long. I don’t have the time. I have to drive the kids to school. I have to work. I’m in the office, I can’t run into the bathroom
to eat. ‘ Meal replacement products give an individual
a good resource and a good tool to have the necessary macro-nutrients, micro-nutrients,
the proteins, the carbs, the healthy fats that they need to feed their muscles, but
at the same time to do it in a convenient way. Meal replacement products can come in the
form of powders and bars. I tend to recommend the powders over the bars. The bars are processed differently. The powders tend to be more nutrient dense
and healthy and have a lot less sugars in them as well. Not all meal replacement products are created
the same. There are some meal replacement products that
are nothing more than a glorified milkshake. Make sure you’re getting enough fiber. All meal replacement products should have
a decent amount of fiber, anywhere from 4 to 6 to 8 grams of fiber. Make sure you’re at least getting an adequate
amount of protein, anywhere from 20 to 30 to 40 grams of protein, and the carbohydrates
should be sitting somewhere between 30 and 60 grams. They also make meal replacement products with
lower carbs for those who are maybe trying to lean out a little bit or lower their carbs
and for whatever reason are on a low-carb diet. You can even find meal replacement products
that are going to match that. It’s really important to not put drinking
your calories above eating your calories. Every time you ingest whole foods, the thermic
effect from that food greatly increases your metabolic rate and the efficiency and the
rate your body is going to run, your metabolism’s going to run, and even sometimes the nutrients
you draw from those foods. So, never put drinking your calories above
eating them. See it as a convenient way to add one or two
meals possibly during the day, but make sure you’re eating whole foods and making that
a first and foremost priority in your program.


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