Being in a catabolic state for a prolonged period of time can result in major muscle loss and overall decrease in health. Catabolism is a bodybuilder's worst nightmare. Negligence of adequate training, nutrition, and recovery can lead to it.
Relatively speaking, the catabolism is the breaking down of complex molecules into smaller ones. As it relates to bodybuilding, catabolism is the breaking down of muscle tissue. Those who tend to have difficulty maintaining a steady workout and nutrition regimen should be especially concerned with the prevention of catabolism, or severe problems will occur, like an excessive breakdown of bodily tissues, suppression of the immune system, digestive organs problems, and fatigue.
Several steps need to be taken to prevent catabolism, with primary emphasis on training, nutrition, and recovery. It is absolutely imperative to maintain a weekly workout regimen to prevent muscle loss and maintain anabolism. If one doesn't have much time to train, he must decrease the length of the workouts and perform more compound exercises to train several muscle groups simultaneously.
Eating the right kinds of food and enough of them is also vital for catabolism prevention and maintenance of anabolism. Eating 5-8 meals a day, with each meal separated in 3-4 hour increments, will assure that muscle will continually receiving the essential nutrients for growth.