There are a lot of different things that you have to think about when you’re a female that is into bodybuilding.
Our bodies are built differently than men’s, so it’s essential to figure out how you want to get that bulk on your body in an effective manner.
One thing you must think about is what you should be eating as a female bodybuilder. Let’s take a closer look.
Boosting up your Riboflavin (B2)
Your Riboflavin is an integral part of bulking up. Sometimes referred to as vitamin B2, Riboflavin is the thing that makes it so that your body can take the fat and carbs that you’re eating and turn it into energy so that you can do a whole workout and turn everything into muscle.
Research shows that Riboflavin also plays a significant role in your endurance, so if you’re doing a high-impact workout, you need a lot of Riboflavin.
Women usually have a little less endurance than may, so you will want to eat foowithave a lot of them.
They also lose Riboflavin a lot more quickly when doing an endurance routine, making it harder for them to get the job done during your workouts.
There are several lean types of meat, green leafy vegetables (which we will discuss more in the next section), milk, and eggs with B2 in them. Talk to your doctor to see if you should also take a supplement.
Eat those leafy greens.
Leafy greens should be the bulk of what you’re eating when trying to put on more weight. Many people don’t realize its importance because they usually think of eating meats and fats to bulk up.
Leafy greens have Riboflavin, which we discussed above, but they also have several other supplements that women need extra to get that muscle on.
Folate is one of the essential vitamins in leafy greens. Women have folate deficiency more than men do. If a woman is pregnant and isn’t getting enough folate, the child can have neurological health issues. On top of that, you will feel like you have a lot more energy.
Doctors recommend that women should take more than the recommended daily intake (RDI) already but do things like eating raw fruits and veggies, drinking orange juice in the morning, and taking supplements to keep their folate going.
Green vegetables are a healthy way to get carbohydrates as well. Broccoli has vitamin C, which helps to keep you healthy. All green vegetables will help you gain mass without gaining a lot of fat in the process – women hold fat a lot more than men do, so this is also important.
Soybeans, soybeans, and more soybeans
Soybeans (including tofu) are also incredibly important for you to include in your diet if you’re a female bodybuilder.
One of the biggest reasons is that they are known for keeping you as healthy as possible. They prevent issues like heart disease, so you know that you’ll be beneficial when it comes to you as you get older.
Another reason to have soybeans is that they are an excellent form of protein. Even though other beans will give you some protein, soybeans are chock full of them, so you know that you’re getting enough in your body to help you bulk up.
Proteins can help you to get that muscle in your body, and they also help you to maintain energy throughout a workout and the rest of the day. If you’re a vegetarian, it can also help to increase the iron that your body needs, which we will discuss more in the next section.
Iron deficiency is a huge problem that many people deal with regularly. Because of that, bodybuilders end up needing even more. Why?
Because if you don’t get enough iron daily, you will feel exhausted all of the time. Your energy levels will not be where they need to be, which will make it difficult for you even to get started on a workout. Iron is also essential because you aren’t able to push yourself as much if you don’t have enough in your system.
Your endurance is going to start to fall apart, and you’re not going to be able to do the high-impact training that you need to do in order actually to get some bulk on. And, as with many issues that occur with deficiencies, women will be a lot more likely to fight off the deficiency issues.
Of course, then comes the question of what you must do if you are a vegetarian. The obvious answer to what you should eat to get enough iron is that you should eat red meat. Make sure it’s lean because you want muscle, not fat, on your body.
Lentils, a bean, is another thing you can add to your diet to get iron in your system. You can also consider getting cereals fortified with iron, soybeans, green vegetables (which we discussed above), brown rice, and a number of other foods. Find what you like and add those things to your diet ASAP.
Your diet is a huge part of bodybuilding, so you want to ensure you’ve got everything together.
That being said if you’re going to change your diet, make sure that you talk to your doctor or another health professional who can keep an eye on you if potential issues come up at any time.