With bodybuilding on the mind of an athlete, comes along supreme enthusiasm for the transformation of the body in the wonder which happened generally but everything comes with a cost.
If you work on everything in a defined and the well-researched procedure then there are almost no or fewer chances of any troubleshooting up. But this is something not everyone realizes and the thought only gets stuck up in the corner of the mind.
Being on the stage where the body is fit and well built, athletes generally make a huge mistake they don’t realize they are making. With well-built body, they try to make their diet plans on their own which may look fine to them but can cause a lot of problems for their body in the long run. Of course, they will only realize the same with time but it is extremely important to not make this mistake.
Self-made diet plans are not created with a balance of the nutrients in sync with the body in mind. Even if it is done that way, an athlete is not capable enough of making the perfect diet plan. This leads to dis-balance in nutrient intake. This nutrient dis-balance can result in some major long term problems in the body of the athlete.
Health Risks of a Self-made Bodybuilding Diet
The Journal of International Society of Sports Nurturing published a report of a case study a while back in which an athlete used DIY diet plan.
Because of the plan, the supplements in the plan were exceeding the demand and daily intake level of the body. The case study said that such diets lead to overconsumption of nutrients which can prove to be a potential health risk for the athlete in the long run.
Rather than going to a dietitian or consulting a professional, people tend to make their own diet plans as per their understanding or follow some that are easily available and accessible on the internet or magazines. While those diets may or may not be fine, only a professional may help you verify that.
Such diets can cause a severe adverse effect on an athlete’s health. Besides, a diet plan is made on the basis on the need of the body and the workout plan, which of course, the internet cannot know for every individual.
The diet plans that are generally available on such platforms are the kinds that might have worked for someone and therefore they had published it, but that does not mean it will work for everybody.
Health, fitness, and nutrition need is not a single way street that is the same for all. It in terms is different for each person. This is the one thing athletes fail to understand and land into a trap.
One major problem of such diet plans is that these include excessive of supplements in order to grow muscle which is not required but because the athlete does not have enough information on the same, they end up using the plan and the excessive amount of supplements.
There are various studies conducted on the same issue and they mention some of the health risks an athlete falls into. One study published in The British Journal of Nutrition reported that the main motive of athletes behind consuming a high amount of supplements is that they believe in the more the better.
In order to gain more muscle mass, they consume more supplements. They also do the same because of the belief that due to their high performance, they require more nutrients, and that they can extract more nutrients if they use more supplements.
Well, these DIY diet plans not only plays with the supplement intake but it also disturbs the food intake depending on their prescription. These diets suggest some unwanted elements in the diet as well. Consuming food items that are not necessary for the body can result in loss of stamina, fatigue, disfiguring of the body because of lack or excessive nutrient intaken the long run, etc.
It is fine to pick up a diet plan if you are only wishing to work on the same for a few days but that is not what athletes generally look for. That is why it becomes all the more important. And if an athlete wishes to make their own diet plan, it is better to get it analyzed by a professional dietitian first to give the assured of safety.
We went to a professional bodybuilding trainer to ask about the consequences of the same and he said “These are generally amateur bodybuilders who fall in such practices.
They forget that they have just entered the ground and they do not have enough understanding about how important diet is and what is the right way to get one. They prefer to do it on their own because they think they understand their body better than anyone else can.
Sometimes taking some diet plans from the internet, other times making it on their own by asking someone and at times, referring to the advised list on the supplement box.
This is never right. What they fail to understand is the amount of supplement they are taking is not right for their body. And in the long run, rather than helping them in muscle building, these supplements can also end up disfiguring their body.”
If you have read this far, I believe you have enough knowledge about the adverse effects of self-made diet plans and why you should never go for one. Hope you do not fall in the trap too. Consult a professional and help yourself.