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J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2015 Dec 21;12:50. doi: 10.1186/s12970-015-0111-x. eCollection 2015.

A nutrition and conditioning intervention for natural bodybuilding contest preparation: observations and suggestions.

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College of Physical Education and Dance, Federal University of Goias, Avenida Esperan├ža s/n, Campus Samambaia, Goiania, 74.690-900 GO Brazil.


Bodybuilding is full of myths and practices that are contrary to the scientific literature, which can lead to health problems. Adopting a scientifically designed approach is very important, as it may help bodybuilders to achieve better results while preserving their health. However, I have some criticism regarding some practices adopted in the referred article as ad libitum ingestion of sugar-free cordial and flavored tea and the performance of the exercise in fasted state, as it seems to bring no benefit and have some potential problems. Some suggestion are made in order to preserve FFM, like changing training split and exercise selection; increasing carbohydrate ingestion and decreasing protein intake; changing the resistance training stimuli and reducing the volume of aerobic exercises and increase its intensity.


Bodybuilder; Carbohydrate ingestion; High intensity interval training; Protein ingestion; Resistance training

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