Our expert says:
As a nutritionist I don't agree with the high-protein low-carb diets that sportsmen use to build muscles, but if this regimen has worked for you in the past and you have only a short period to 'get ripped', then stick to it. Always remember the following important points: 1) Muscle development is determined by your genetic makeup, and the amount and type of exercise you do - no shortcuts here 2) Carbs are your best source of readily available energy to permit you to exercise at full potential to develop those muscles 3) Carbs without added fats, have the lowest energy content of the 3 so-called macronutrients (i.e. carbs - 16 kJ/g; protein - 17 kJ/g; fat - 37 kJ/g; note the vast difference between the carb and the fat energy content!)- this is why top athletes eat a high-carb, low-fat, moderate-protein diet 4) Calcium and calcium-containing low-fat milk, yoghurt and cottage cheese can promote weightloss, provide protein and calcium and prevent brittle bones, so I would add 3 servings of these foods per day. 5) Always consult a dietitian who specialises in sports nutrition for the best results (include this in your plans when you start one of these programmes). Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. To read more about diets for sportsmen and women, Click on 'DietnFood' at the top of this page and then on 'DietDoc's articles' and read articles 4, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 46 to obtain answers to your questions. There is also info on the Fitness site. Click on 'Fitness' at the top of this page and then on 'Nutrition'. The articles on protein, carbs and carbo-loading are esp. relevant. Your present BMI of 25 is appropriate for a man with a strong muscle build. If you reduce your weight to 70 kg and have a BMI of 23 you may become too thin and start looking skinny!
Good luck with your regimen and your career.
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