Maintaining an anabolic state is a primary concern for every bodybuilder or lifter. Better known as the muscle building state, this ideal physical state can make a big difference in how the body develops and grows.
Nutrition, metabolism and hormonal control are the most important factors in bodybuilding. However, there are different factors to focus on when maintaining an anabolic state for the body. The following tips can help you keep your body in an anabolic state.
Ensure Appropriate Nutrients
Proper nutrition is vital to proper bodybuilding. Any kind of deficiency can have adverse affects on the body. It is important to consume protein, carbohydrates and fats in the right ratios to gain muscle mass. This means consuming 50% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 20% fats. Protein, in particular, is vital in bodybuilding as muscle tissues are mostly composed of this substance. Growth of muscle tissues also depends on protein.
Another important rule in ensuring appropriate nutrition is never to miss a meal. This means eating the right proportions of food every two to three hours. This will ensure that your body gets the required nutrients and amino acids at the right time.
Get Enough Sleep
Another way to physically maintain an anabolic state is by getting adequate amounts of sleep. Sleeping allows the body and mind to undergo general restoration. Even protein metabolism is improved during this time. Inadequate sleep can lead to lethargic feelings and lack of motivation. This can stop your training progress and also puts the body in a catabolic state, where muscles are broken down. Sleep deprivation can also make you more prone to injuries. It can negatively alter brain activity by slowing down chemical activities and reaction time. Getting eight to ten hours of sleep can help you get the most out of your workouts.
Improve Hormonal Balance
The release of the growth hormone and testosterone, the sex hormone is vital in maintaining an anabolic state. The growth hormone is released from the pituitary gland’s anterior lobe. It is important for gaining muscle mass, losing fat, increasing kidney functions and improving stamina and sleep. Consumption of natural supplements, such as GABA (gamma aminobutryic acid), ornithine and arginine, is a good way to increase growth hormones.
Testosterone has distinctive effects on the male body. This hormone is produced in the adrenalin glands and testicles. It helps to increase protein and also manages normal sexual behavior. High testosterone levels can enhance muscle growth significantly. Testosterone release can be enhanced through meals with higher fat content and an appropriate supply of vitamin C, boron, branch chain amino acids and zinc.
There are other factors that can help the body achieve an anabolic state, including reducing exposure to pollutants, especially cigarette smoking. It's also a good idea to minimize stressful situations and follow correct training programs.