Friday, October 25, 2013

Foods to Build Muscle


Guest post by Lauren Chung
You could spend minutes, hours, even months’ strength training in the gym and see little to no results if you aren’t eating right. In order to build muscle, your body requires plenty of protein. Switch up your meal plan and include all of these essential muscle building protein foods. Not only are they great for your body, but taste delicious too. (Who said losing weight and gaining muscle had to taste bad?).


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Eggs

Eggs make for the perfect breakfast, sporting 7 grams of protein and other essential nutrients. While these cheap, delicious protein packers may have gotten a bad reputation due to their high levels of cholesterol, the fact of the matter is the yolk shouldn’t be left out. Instead, reduce cholesterol in other safe and healthy ways as the yolk of an egg is jam-packed with vitamins and minerals that are very beneficial. 

Red Meat

Red meat is one of the most loved ways to indulge in high amounts of protein. If you’re worried about getting enough food with protein, simply up your intake of grass fed animals and enjoy hamburgers and steaks on a regular basis. Red meat is not only very high in protein but includes other beneficial nutrients such as vitamin B-12 and Omega 3’s.

Turkey

Turkey is another delicious meat (white, not red) that is packed full of protein. White turkey is also low in saturated fat, with close to 0 grams per serving (contrary to other meats with around 4.5 grams per 100 grams). Meat lovers should try and switch up their protein filled diet plans, having a burger at one sitting and a turkey meal the next.

Salmon

Sporting 20 grams of protein per serving, salmon is the best option when it comes to protein-packed fish. But don’t just settle for farm-raised salmon. Try and order wild salmon at all occasions. Wild salmon is supreme, with plenty of protein and tons of Omega 3’s.

Greek Yogurt

Feeling hungry? Need the perfect side dish at mealtime? No worries, greek yogurt has you covered. With lots of protein packed into small servings, greek yogurt is the ideal in-between snack. If greek yogurt is a bit too bland for your taste buds, try mixing the yogurt with your favorite fruits. Some common combinations include strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, which makes a delicious treat with an added boost of nutrients. Can also be used as a protein-rich dessert!
Nuts

Another great snack idea with plenty of protein is nuts- and any nut will do. Whether you’re into cashews, hazelnuts, almonds or the likes, you can grab a handful and be pleasantly surprised with the amount of protein you’re ingesting. Not to mention there are lots of other benefits such as good fats, fiber, zinc, and magnesium.


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10 comments:

  1. Dried beans are excellent as well.

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  3. Protein is bullshit. A pound of human muscle has like 115 grams of protein or something? A pound of chicken has 100 or something, right? Recommendation is 1g per pound of bodyweight, right? So compared to a "normal" diet, that'd be 100g extra of protein for a 180lb person. So why would you eat 100g more protein a day, you're obviously not going to gain a pound of muscle a day, ever.

    Protein is the biggest scam. Get industrial waste and put it in a container and put chocolate powder and artificial sweeteners on it.

    Also, low carb is bullshit. Carbs basically cannot turn into fat unless you eat like 700+g carbs a day. De novo lipogenesis in humans is extremely rare. All carbs do is make insulin spikes, which if you eat fat with carbs, it will push the fat into the cells, but it's very rare for the fat in your fat cells to be made from the fats made during de novo lipogenesis. Low carb and high protein is the biggest scam. The reason most people take supplements is because they lack energy and their performance is low. Why? Because they've replaced usually 100-150g carbs with protein that will do jack shit for their energy levels or their performance. Thus supplements, and then a couple years later, steroids. Seriously, there's no logic in it at all.

    You don't see random people doing heavy labor in Pakistan or whatever taking protein shakes and preworkouts, and many of them are strong and look good because they work hard. They'll just drink some coffee or tea and eat some normal food. I don't see why lifting weights should be any different.

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    2. Not with everything. High fat High Protein is the best diet. I don't follow it strictly but it is the best diet for health.

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