Some people tend to focus solely on the premise that adequate exercise equals larger biceps, but diet and building biceps are actually more closely related to each other than the former. A lot of amateur bodybuilders enter into the field without actually taking into consideration the impact of proper diet in the success of their regimen.
Let’s take a look at the facts. The process of building bicep muscles revolves around the principle of replacing the muscle fibers worn out from vigorous exercise with new, stronger, and larger ones. This phase of muscle rebuilding takes place not during the workout sessions in the gym, but rather on the recovery phase every time you rest your biceps.
It is during this phase when diet comes into critical play. While at rest, your body initiates replacement of worn muscle cells and fibers. However, in order to do this, it needs energy and tissue-building nutrients. Intake of the right amount and the right kind of food is the key to a successful bicep building regimen.
There are two optimal times of the day to eat your body-building meal. The first is right after your workout session. In order to maximize the initiated recovery phase after a heavy exercise, taking in a meal high in protein will fuel your body with the building blocks of the bicep muscle cells and fibers. Eat protein-rich foods such as red meat, poultry, fish, and eggs to stock up enough.
The second is right before you go to bed. I’ve mentioned that the actual bodybuilding process occurs during rest and guess what the best form of rest is – that’s right, sleep. Eating a high-protein snack at this time will ensure your body has adequate supply of protein needed for replacing those worn cells during sleep.
Protein is not the only essential nutrient in the link between diet and building biceps. Carbohydrates are just as important. What they do is provide you with the raw energy you need when doing the actual body-breaking workout sessions. The interplay between exercise, rest, and diet is integral indeed.
While carbs give you the energy to perform workouts that will break down your bicep muscles as much as possible, proteins will provide your body with the raw materials to build more and stronger bicep muscles considering the extent of wear and tear. Intake of carbohydrate rich foods such as wheat, bread, cereals, and whole grains regularly before taking on your session becomes the second key point to remember.
The amount of proper nutrients to intake will vary according to your individual body types, goals, gender, and metabolism. Don’t eat more than how much your body needs. Make sure your intake is proportional to your exercise intensity, body weight, and rest periods.
In this sense, it’s best to eat more frequently but each time taking in only enough to last you a good two or three hours – consequently giving your body just the right amount carbs to burn during exercise and just enough proteins to build your muscles with during rest. Too much of anything is never a good thing.
So there you have it. When your ready to take on your own exercise regimen for bigger, thicker, and more solid arm muscles, remember to eat the right kind of foods at the right time and at the right frequency. Who would have thought diet and building biceps could be so related, eh?