Is Muscle Building or Fat Loss The Key To Enhancing Body Building Vascularity?

By: Francesco A. Castano

Body building is a recreational activity that promotes many different goals, and vascularity for many weight lifters ranks very high on the agenda, as those who have visible veins in the arms convey a message of strength and power. With this in mind, body builders attempt to find the key to producing a vascular appearance, wondering whether veins are a function of building significant muscle mass, or if there is a particular diet structure that must be observed for veins to become visible. Although many weight lifters attempt to produce maximum muscle gain in an effort to boost vascularity, this is only one of two factors in producing such a goal.

A far more vital factor in improving vein prominence is body fat percentage, which results from proper diet techniques. When a body builder is gaining muscle mass, many times body fat increases, and although muscles are growing at a constant pace, definition declines, and vein appearance does not improve (and frequently worsens), which prompts certain body builders to find a solution (such as worthless supplements promising to enhance vein appearance), yet when fat loss becomes the focus, vascularity will naturally improve. Often when seeking muscle gain, body builders consume more food than is necessary, or improperly construct their macronutrient profile, which leads to quicker and more significant body fat gain than is necessary, and this adversely impacts both definition and vascularity. As you'll notice, I classify definition and vein appearance together, as the less body fat is stored between the skin and muscle, the larger and more impressive muscles will appear (definition), which will consequently allow veins to display far more prominently (since they are no longer hidden by excess body fat).

Sometimes body builders will reduce carbohydrates drastically in an effort to burn fat, but because muscle is lost using such a radical approach, vascularity does not improve to anywhere near the extent that is possible when following a correct carbohydrate, protein and fat ratio, as muscle is also part of the equation in producing both vein prominence and muscle definition. Larger muscles signal for a greater amount of nutrients, which necessitates additional blood flow, and improves vascularity, but only when body fat is sufficiently low (the most vital concept), which is why building muscle mass alone is not sufficient. Body builders who pursue muscle gain alone without a professionally structured body fat controlling diet plan will find that vascularity declines, as does total muscle definition, and this contradicts the body building goal of having a balance of sufficient muscle mass with low body fat for improved aesthetics.

Another factor controlling vascularity is genetics, as all body builders do not have the potential to display the same amount of vascularity, yet in most cases, genetic factors are not preventing vein appearance, but rather simply require a body builder to find an effective fat loss diet routine to improve definition and bring vascularity to maximum levels. Aerobic activity is also helpful in increasing the rate of fat loss, but no amount of cardiovascular effort will enhance vascularity without a strong fat reduction diet routine, so although body builders frequently will either procrastinate regarding fat loss or never pursue a properly designed fat reduction eating strategy specifically because they worry that this will lead to muscle loss, this short sighted thought process is detrimental, as low body fat, when compared with muscle building, is equally important in developing a body building caliber physique, and if vascularity is a goal, the only method of bringing veins to the skin's surface is to start eating and weight training in such a way that not only is conducive towards significant muscle building, but also reduces body fat to the lowest level that genetics will allow.

You'll find that once diet is structured properly, focusing on body fat reduction using a proper fat loss eating strategy will allow vascularity to reach impressive levels, while greatly improving total muscle definition, and this is when body building begins to become a truly rewarding experience! Just make sure to reject the counterproductive low carb diet method, as the muscle loss and metabolism reduction that accompanies such an eating plan will risk significant muscle loss, and in the long run makes achieving low body fat, and a high level of vascularity, quite difficult.

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