Bodybuilding and Its Pros and Cons

Just like with most of the things we do in life, there are two sides to them: the good and the bad. For example, although we get a wealth of information from the World Wide Web, we also find info and images there that can be abhorrent.

If you plan to get into bodybuilding to get all buffed up, you also have to know its advantages and disadvantages so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting into. Remember that old age, ‘Look first before you leap.’ Another expression that expresses the same caveat is ‘forewarned is forearmed.’

Here are some of the pros and cons when it comes to bodybuilding:

The Pros

Learning discipline – If there’s one thing you’ll learn when you’re in a fitness program, it’s discipline. As it is with any other sport, you have to develop a commitment to your routine. When you know you have to be in the gym regularly to meet your goals, it instills that self-discipline for you to keep going and stick with your schedule.

Maintaining and improving your health – Ensuring our physical well-being entails optimum physical activity. Bodybuilding is a well-rounded fitness activity that requires one to lead a healthy lifestyle, which means staying away from unhealthy food, beverages, practices, and vices.

Boosting your self-esteem – When you look and feel healthy and physically fit, you also feel more confident. Those who feel good about themselves can easily improve their self-esteem compared to those who think they don’t look good enough (although looks don’t necessarily make a man).

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The Cons

Potential muscle damage – There are those who can get overzealous and lift weights that are beyond their capacity and even outside of their program. Needless to say, doing something beyond our body’s capacity can be risky. Lifting too much and too often is inviting damage not only to our muscles, but even to our bones.

Danger of dehydration – When you do intense workouts, you also sweat excessively. When there’s too much water being dispelled instead of taken in, you increase your chance of getting dehydrated. Dehydration can cause your body to lose electrolytes and eventually lead to dizziness and even arrhythmias.

Taking too much protein – Protein is, without question, needed by anyone, even those who are not into bodybuilding. However, excess protein can actually put a lot of stress on your organs, especially on your kidneys. Just like with anything, take and do things in moderation and consume only the right amount for you.

Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of bodybuilding equips you with the info you need to avoid its harmful effects and just enjoy its many benefits (you can check this article to read more about bodybuilding).

 

Choosing the Right Protein Bar

Protein, that essential nutrient our body can’t survive without. In fact, proteins are one of the building blocks of body tissue. They are also a source of fuel, like a component in petrol to keep a car engine running.

This underscores the importance of getting the required amount of protein into our body via the food we eat. Whether or not you’re in a fitness program, you should have your own daily dose of these essential nutrients.

However, for certain reasons, we can’t consume the recommended amount of protein on a daily basis. It can be because we can’t prepare our meals to include a good amount of these nutrients or the food we buy just doesn’t contain the amount we need. Don’t worry, though, as there’s a literally handy solution for that: protein bars. They’re convenient (since you can put them in your bag or even your pocket and take them with you wherever you go) and they can be an active replacement to your meals.

Of course, not all protein bars are created equal. In order to get the right one, here are tips:

Consider the carbs-to-protein ratio – The rule of thumb is, if it’s a protein bar, it should contain at least 15 grams of protein. Anything lower than that means you should have second thoughts on getting it. You also want to make sure that the protein content is higher than the carbs. Be sure to check the package to read how much protein is in the bar compared to the carbs.

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Check the protein source – When reading the label, be sure to also check if the bar contains high-quality sources of protein, including hydrolyzed whey, micellar casein, and whey isolates. Secondary sources would be whey or soy concentrates. There are cases wherein gelatin or collagen is added to the bar to improve its texture. Don’t forget to check the ingredients to find the protein types, which are usually arranged from highest to lowest in concentration.

Check the sugar, too – We all know that too much sugar can translate to more fat. The irony is that many of the protein bars you’ll find out there are loaded with sugar. Stay away from those that contain refined sugars, such as corn syrup, sucrose, and high-fructose corn syrup. If these ingredients are present, that protein bar is practically just another candy bar.

These are some of the things you have to remember when choosing an excellent protein bar (and if you want to know when to use protein powders, learn from relevant sources).