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Fueling Your Gains: A Guide to Proper Nutrition for Bodybuilders | Personal Trainer Tokyo Titan

Achieving your desired physique and maximizing your gains as a bodybuilder requires more than just intense workouts. Proper nutrition plays a vital role in fueling your body, supporting muscle growth, and optimizing performance. In this blog, we will explore the essential elements of a bodybuilder's diet and provide practical tips to help you make informed choices when it comes to your nutrition.

Calorie Balance

To support muscle growth, you need to consume a sufficient number of calories. Start by calculating your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE), which factors in your basal metabolic rate and activity level. Aim for a slight caloric surplus of around 250-500 calories per day to provide your body with the energy it needs for muscle repair and growth.


Protein, carbohydrates, and fats are the three macronutrients that form the foundation of your diet.


Crucial for muscle repair and growth, aim for a daily intake of 1.2-2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. Good sources include lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, and plant-based options like tofu and legumes.


Provide energy for workouts and replenish glycogen stores. Opt for complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Aim to consume the majority of your carbs around your workouts to fuel your training sessions effectively.


Essential for hormone production and overall health, prioritize healthy fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and fatty fish. Moderate your intake while staying within your daily caloric goals.

Meal Timing

Divide your daily calorie and macronutrient intake into smaller, frequent meals to support muscle growth and maintain steady energy levels. Aim to consume a balanced meal containing protein, carbohydrates, and fats every 3-4 hours. Pre- and post-workout nutrition is particularly important for fueling and recovering from intense training sessions.


Proper hydration is often overlooked but is crucial for optimal performance and muscle function. Aim to drink at least 8-10 cups of water per day and increase your intake during workouts. Monitor your urine color to ensure you are adequately hydrated.

Nutrient Timing

Strategic nutrient timing can enhance muscle growth and recovery. Consume a protein-rich meal or snack within an hour after your workout to provide amino acids for muscle repair. Carbohydrates are also important post-workout to replenish glycogen stores.


In addition to macronutrients, prioritize micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Consume a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole foods to ensure you're getting an array of nutrients that support overall health and wellbeing.


While not essential, supplements can be useful in filling potential nutrient gaps. Consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian before incorporating supplements into your regimen.

Consistency and Adaptation

Consistency is key. Stick to your nutrition plan and make adjustments based on your progress and individual needs. Monitor your body composition, energy levels, and performance to fine-tune your diet accordingly.


Proper nutrition is the cornerstone of a successful bodybuilding journey. By fueling your body with the right balance of calories, macronutrients, and micronutrients, you provide the necessary building blocks for muscle growth, recovery, and performance. Remember, nutrition is highly individual, so listen to your body, make informed choices, and consult with professionals for personalized guidance. With a well-designed nutrition plan, you'll optimize your gains and move closer to achieving your bodybuilding goals.

For effective science-based bodybuilding training and nutrition coaching, contact Tokyo Titan!

I am Tokyo Titan, an internationally-certified bodybuilding specialist personal trainer and nutritionist. Using scientifically-proven bodybuilding techniques and nutrition management, together we will create the body that you want more effectively and more efficiently. Lessons are provided in three formats:

  1. Online

  2. in-person at my private gym in Ota-ku, Tokyo, a few minutes walk from Omori-machi Station on the Keikyu Line

  3. In-person at a convenient location of your choice

Customers can choose either lesson style or a combination of both to suit their preferences and schedule. As a bilingual Japanese native English speaker, I can provide lessons in either Japanese or English, allowing customers to train both their bodies and their language skills at the same time. For more information, inquire today!


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