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Table 4 Percentage food group intake of competitive bodybuilders during contest preparation

From: Nutritional strategies of high level natural bodybuilders during competition preparation

   Cereals and cereal based products     Nuts, oilseeds and legumes Meat and meat products     Animal and veg fats and oils   
Diet Phase Cereals Bread Dairy Veg Tubers Nuts and Seeds Legumes White Red Processed Fruit Eggs Marine Veg Animal Sugar Other
Male Start 17.7 0.4 15.2 11.3 9.5 10.0 0.0 9.1 3.9 1.3 7.4 5.2 4.3 2.6 0.9 0.0 0.9
Middle 17.6 0.0 11.9 11.4 11.4 9.3 0.0 9.3 3.6 0.0 7.3 5.7 8.3 2.1 0.5 0.0 1.0
End 15.3 0.5 14.7 15.3 10.5 6.8 0.0 9.5 2.1 0.0 8.4 6.3 7.4 2.1 0.5 0.0 0.0
Female Start 22.0 2.5 13.6 16.1 10.2 6.8 0.0 8.5 3.4 0.0 5.9 3.4 5.9 0.9 0.0 0.9 0.0
Middle 18.9 1.9 11.3 15.1 8.5 9.4 0.0 5.7 2.8 0.0 9.4 6.6 8.5 0.9 0.0 0.9 0.0
End 19.8 1.9 13.2 13.2 12.3 6.6 0.0 9.4 0.9 0.0 5.7 6.6 8.5 0.9 0.0 0.9 0.0
  1. Dairy products includes whey and a casein supplements, Processed meats include sausages, bacon, pies meat pastries etc., Fruit includes fruit products, Eggs includes egg products including egg protein isolate, Marine, includes fish, seafood, amphibians reptiles and invertebrates. Sugar includes confectionary and water- based sweet desserts
  2. Abbreviations: Veg vegetable