Since the 1950’s, there has been a debate among those in the physical culture regarding cooked vs. raw food diets. Among natural bodybuilders, this debate still goes on. Some of the arguments are that you need meat protein to build muscle.
Hemp Seed Powder and Wheat Grass are much richer sources of protein than meat which has been treated with hormones and cooked and difficult for your body to digest.
The advantages for raw food diet for a bodybuilder are immeasurable. A raw food diet brings more lifting strength and you are able to have less rest time between sets. Vital nutrients such as enzymes, minerals and vitamins have been depleted from the foods through the cooking process.
If you take a look at the largest consumers of raw food, you will see the strongest animals such as the gorilla, rhino, hippo, elephant, giraffe and more. They seem to be able to build strong muscle without eating cooked foods, wonder how that works?
A Gorilla’s diet is 100 percent raw as are the diets of the other animal’s listed. You can be healthy and build a strong, well-sculpted body with raw organic fruits, green leafy vegetables, nuts and sunflower seeds.
Cooked foods are known to clog the body’s digestive system which puts a strain and saps energy from other parts of your body. It takes a strong mind and will to be successful at a raw bodybuilding diet. Cooked foods blow up, or give an inflated look to muscles that only last for a temporary time. A foundation needs to be built for muscle to grow, and this can only be done with all natural proteins and carbs that are found in raw, uncooked foods.
Just observing the nutrients in fruit alone is enough to convince you of the benefits and nutrients to your body. When I speak of fruit, I mean botanical fruit. Bontanical fruit is seeded that regenerates within itself to create more fruit. These include but not limited to avocado, cucumber, red and green peppers, squash, and tomatoes.
Continue your research on this website on the benefits and health advantages of a raw food diet versus a cooked food diet for your bodybuilding regime. Keep a journal and document how you feel with your raw food diet, you will be able to determine what foods help you the most.