Many who pursue muscle building are in need of convenient and portable methods for calorie consumption, and liquid meals are therefore a popular option for bodybuilders who are attempting to consume a consistent source of nutrients for muscle recovery and growth. Most weight lifters are aware of the fact that consuming smaller, more frequent meals is helpful in boosting metabolism, which in turn will improve fat loss and muscle growth, but this requires more time, and for most weight lifters, liquid meals become the logical choice. Some, realizing that liquid meals digest quicker than solid food, attempt to consume the majority of their daily meals in liquid form, and this idea is quickly adopted by those who are following very tight schedules.

Because of this, some bodybuilders consume the majority of their food from liquid sources and feel as if there is no downside towards either muscle building or fat loss when doing so, and, with the time savings, quickly adopt such a technique without any second thoughts. Yet, often the nutrients that are used in constructing liquid meals are either potentially harmful (artificial sweeteners and additives in most protein powders, as an example), or focus upon simple carbohydrate sources, which are perfectly acceptable as part of meals that surround a weight lifting workout session, but can cause blood sugar levels to either interfere with body fat loss in those who are overweight, or promote stored fat increase in bodybuilders who are pursuing muscle growth.

The potentially negative impact on body fat levels can be eliminated by focusing on liquid sources during workout meals (those that surround a weight training workout session), while attempting to consume mostly solid foods using complex carbohydrate sources during other meals of the day. Some may have hectic schedules that do not allow for solid meals more than twice per day, and in such a situation, using three liquid meals is acceptable when focusing upon egg based protein powders that do not contain any artificial sweetening or additives (to avoid negative health ramifications of such ingredients), and timing the liquid meals properly, which, ideally, involves one of those liquid meals before your weight lifting workout, and another following your weight training session, with the third occurring in the earlier hours of the day (as although consuming simple carbohydrates at times other than before or after a weight lifting session is not the ideal scenario, when the need arises, such a meal should preferably occur earlier in the day to reduce the chance of adverse impact upon body fat levels).

There are also easy to consume complex carbohydrate foods that can be used in lieu of simple sugars to create a very convenient to consume meal for non-workout times, but most who create liquid meals for themselves do not consider such options. But the most convenient and effective path for those who wish to avoid simple carbohydrates during non-workout meals while avoiding the downsides mentioned is to transport an unsweetened egg based protein powder for protein, and consume fat instead of carbohydrates as an energy source, using healthy omega sources such as hemp seeds, walnuts, almonds, and extra virgin olive oil, all of which are very dense in terms of their calorie content, providing an easy to consume and tasty alternative to carbohydrates for non-workout meals where convenience and portability are necessary.

Lastly, using liquid meals to comprise a vast majority of daily calorie consumption can harm digestive health, so to allow your organs to function at peak efficiency, make sure to schedule at least two solid feedings each day, which should not be difficult considering most have time to at least consume two of the main meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner) in a controlled setting (at home, in a restaurant or cafeteria, etc).

Unlike some may believe, bodybuilding need not become a chore, as there are a wide variety of foods that allow weight lifters to achieve maximum results while living a fulfilling lifestyle, even when working a demanding job, but doing so requires prudently timing simple carbohydrate meals to ensure body fat control, while using healthy fats and portable complex carbohydrates as alternatives to simple sources during meals where convenience is necessary so that results remain consistent and impressive, while health is preserved.

Author's Bio: 

Francesco Castano is the owner of IncrediBody, a physical fitness company dedicated to helping others learn exactly how to gain muscle mass and lose weight without supplements or drugs. He authors two programs, one called MuscleNOW, teaching the correct natural body building diet and weight lifting plan for muscle building at, and Fat Vanish, which teaches how to lose weight & burn stomach fat for natural weight loss, at He includes lifetime email personal training with both programs, where he personally assists all of his clients with training and diet questions, and has hundreds of testimonials validating the effectiveness of his techniques. He also offers weight lifting equipment, egg protein powder and acne therapy at Please visit his web sites, and feel free to contact Francesco at any time with your muscle building or weight loss questions!