Disinformation in Nutrition VS. Muscle Mass

In Football, we often hear players say that they have to bulk up and gain muscle mass. While this is often true, a lot of disinformation about how to gain mass is thrown towards the topic of nutrition.

To Induce Muscle Hypertrophy…

It’s true that to induce muscle hypertrophy, a player needs to train hard and eat more Calories than the number of Calories that he burns at rest and during his training. Because the metabolic rate of a football player is high, this means that he needs to eat a lot of Calories.

Hypertrophy and strength for football

The problem

The problem is that football players believe or are sometimes told that the as long as they eat enough, they’ll be fine and that because they practice sport, the sources of Calories aren’t that important.

Eating anything to bulk up

Because of this, a lot of football players binge and eat whatever they want like some powerlifters or strong men and this has a big incidence on their metabolic pathways and their hormonal health which affects their work capacity for football. Even strong men that eat a lot of Calories are aware that some food can induce inflammation.

What’s the big deal?

So what’s the big deal with this nutrition article? In football or in any other sport, the athlete who trains with more intensity more often becomes the best. However, to do so, the football player must recover properly and with ethical means. If not, he will be in an overreaching or overtraining state.

 

Ignorant or Complacent?

Some strength coaches or nutritionists will use calipers to check body fat and if the football player is lean, they will consider him like ok. However, the only information they have about the player is his subcutaneous fat. That’s not enough information to predict how his metabolic health is doing. Those coaches are either ignorant about other ways of assessing body composition and metabolic health or they are complacent about the way they assess this aspect.

Catastrophic Results

We use the RJL BIA system to assess our players and in the video below, the criteria and norms that we aim for are presented. Some people might think that football player must test well. Sometimes, the results are catastrophic. When we improve them, the health, muscle tension and work capacity improve significantly.

Good for football and for life

In conclusion, we would say that if you want to know what to tell to football players who want eat well or if they want to learn it, here’s a great online sports-nutrition course.  By integrating good eating behaviors, performance and health will improve. This will be good for football and for the rest of their life.