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Water is especially important when following a “high protein” diet, as it helps remove excess nitrogen, urea (a toxic substance), and ketones. If you’re eating big to gain weight, then you need even more water to help your kidneys do their work.

Without enough water, the kidneys can’t function properly. When this happens, some of the load is transferred to the liver. The liver metabolizes stored fat for energy. If the liver is doing some of the kidneys’ work, it burns less fat. In addition, water can actually reduce feelings of hunger.

Contrary to popular belief, drinking water can actually help you shed excess water weight.

When water is in short supply, the body, thinking there’s a shortage, begins hoarding it. This water is stored in extra cellular spaces. In other words, your skin starts looking soft and swollen.

If you’re going to be using supplements in your body building program, and you should, water can help them work. Supplements like creatine work in part because it pulls water in muscle cells, creating an anabolic environment needed for muscle growth.

For this to work properly, you need plenty of water. Plus, if you’re training hard, then you need a basic mega-vitamin. Many vitamins are water soluble, and water unlocks the power of those vitamins.

A good diet is essential to an effective body building program. You can workout with the intensity of a professional, but if your diet stinks, you won’t be doing yourself any good.

Consider the following general tips for your nutritional needs.

Drink skim milk or soy milk

Cut sugar from your diet. Use artificial sweeteners instead.

No regular soda! Diet is better for you anyway and doesn’t contain sugar

Pizza and hamburgers are a big no-no. Not only are they high in bad fat content, they are highly caloric and can cause you to overeat

Eat lots of fish to increase your levels of Omega 3 fatty acids

Chicken breasts are good for you as well

Allow yourself one cheat day a week where you can indulge in something you’ve been craving. Just don’t overdo it on your cheat days or you can undo all you’ve accomplished.

Limit the amount of fruit you eat. While fruit is healthy, it can have a detrimental effect on your workout.

Protein and complex carbohydrates are very important

Instead of eating three large meals a day, eat six smaller ones

Don’t skip meals

Vegetables are always a good choice at mealtime

When eating out, choose foods wisely.

Avoid most fast food restaurants or opt for healthy choices – remember no burgers!

The body is very adaptable to change. At first, you may have problems getting used to your new diet. But once you get used to eating right, you’ll find yourself not even craving the foods you used to eat.