Bodybuilding is perhaps one of the best forms of exercise.
It is an anaerobic form of exercise in which the focus is to build muscle. Larger, stronger muscles have many benefits, the main one being you are simply making your own shell stronger so that you can function at a higher level, perform tasks easier and more effectively, and provide your body with better protection as you become older. Accidents happen, and those with muscle can better protect bones and tendons from increased damage, while performing hard tasks at a more functionally strong level. Muscle building has also been shown to improve bone strength as well as burn fat from the body more efficiently.
Bodybuilding has always had a darker side as well. From drug use to the obsessive nature of the activity. Many want to excel at their own highest level and will push the pace to get there anyway possible.
1.The Perfect Body.
Typically a body which is both muscular and ripped is what most bodybuilders go for. Gaining large muscular size while developing and maintaining ripped abs requires a rather exact combination of proper diet and proper training in order to maximize growth while minimizing fat gain. It’s a tricky equation and it is easy to see why certain shortcuts are so alluring to take.
2. Eat to Grow.
Dean Wharmby was someone who had his routine down. He knew if you wanted to grow you needed to put in the time not only at the gym, but at the dinner table. Many bodybuilders believe the mantra that diet is 80% of success and that you have to “eat to grow.” This means performing a bulking up period. Dean would follow a 10,000 calorie a day diet. While some bodybuilders “eat clean” which means only eating lean, healthy foods while they are bulking, many other bodybuilders find that route too difficult and instead resort to high protein and high calorie foods which will have them reach their daily caloric intake goal more easily and cost efficiently. Dean went this route and ate hamburgers, pizza, eggs, along with some leaner selections of chicken and fish, while consuming protein shakes for that extra protein intake. He would also consume energy drinks to fuel his workouts and maintain his energy levels which were challenged by the high calories he was consuming every two hours throughout the day.
3.Importance of Protein. Why do bodybuilders religiously eat or drink protein every 2-3 hours like clockwork? Protein is what makes the muscles grow. During weight training muscles get worked intensely. They break down during workouts, then during the recovery period they rebuild. This is where they rebuild to larger size. During this recovery period, it is critical to feed the muscles protein so they will properly rebuild and get larger and stronger. You can train like an animal in the gym, but if you don’t feed your body protein afterwards during recovery, your growth will be poor.
4. Results of Dean’s Diet.
Unfortunately Dean had fallen ill five years ago. A growth was discovered, but rather than undergo traditional routes of chemo, he tried natural alternatives and the growth did end up disappearing. But that’s when Dean then seemed to pick up with where he left off as far as his bodybuilding and bulking diets went. Then in November 2014 he was diagnosed with liver cancer, and again he chose natural alternatives rather than chemo, but he also put a halt to consuming red meats and sugars. But changing the dangerous diet at this stage proved to be too late as Dean passed away at the age of 39.
5. The Energy Drink Factor.
Dean believed that his consumption of energy drinks could have played a big factor in his poor health. Energy drinks are typically high caffeine, high sugar drinks. Studies have shown that cancer cells readily metabolized fructose to increase proliferation, so in other words sugar actually feeds the cancer cells while aiding in cell division to speed up the spread and growth of cancer.
6.The Red Meat Factor.
Beef, pork and other red meats are said to contain Neu5Gc which is a sugar molecule causing inflammation leading to the growth of cancerous tissues. Red meat contains the highest levels of this sugar molecule. Bodybuilding has always attracted a high protein lifestyle due to the necessary nature of building the most muscle possible through protein intake. While red meat is a go-to source for protein, many bodybuilders opt instead for lean chicken and healthy fish as their main sources of protein due to the potential harmful effects of a diet high in red meats.