Bodybuilding cannot be achieved without a good diet plan. This is what my trainer told me a few years ago. I took it to heart and today, my body is enough evidence that this works. If you want to build up your muscles fast, no matter how hard you work out, without the proper food, all your efforts will be futile. Your body needs to have enough calories to build and maintain the muscles created.
The first thing to check even before you hit the gym if you want to build your muscles is your diet. Some food options are very good for people trying to build up their muscles, I have relied on them and they have never let me down. The results are amazing.
Some of them include the following:
Peanut butter is packed with macronutrients such as proteins, carbs and dietary fats, which are all needed for by your body to build and maintain muscles. Consider adding peanut butter in anything from smoothies, fruits, sauces or eating a few spoonfuls of the same every day.
Tuna fish has an array of health benefits one of them being stimulating growth and development. It is also great in keeping the protein levels in your body at their ideal levels. If you lack access to fresh tuna or it is a bit pricey for you, canned tuna is also a good option as it’s cheaper. Take canned tuna as a snack but ensure that you only take two cans in a day.
This is a great, common and affordable food for bodybuilding. Oats are rich in carbohydrates, great for maintaining proper energy levels in the body. In addition, oatmeal contains proteins in low amounts. For muscle building, raw oats are better than a hot meal. Taking them for breakfast or some hours before working out will keep you energized and you will not feel fatigued quickly.
There is a misconception that taking whole milk is not good since it contains saturated fat. Taking in some saturated fat is essential because it helps in maintaining high levels of your testosterone hormone. This hormone influences muscle growth and energy production in the body. Whole milk is packed with calories and proteins, so it is a great source of energy.
Quinoa is a great addition to every bodybuilder’s diet. It is very rich in protein and slow digesting carbohydrates. These will help you help you with the calories you require for muscle build up and also help you recover completely after a workout session.
Salmon is another food that you need to eat if you want to build up your muscles more easily. Salmon is rich in protein and omega-3 fats. It has more calories than other fish such as tilapia and bass.
Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which is essential for healthy skin and for improving your immunity. They also contain unsaturated fat. Add some to your smoothies, in green salads or in sandwiches.
Bananas are important fruits for bodybuilding. They contain natural sugars that boost your insulin after a workout session and a considerable level of starch carbohydrates. The starch is digested a bit slowly which helps in maintain energy for a longer time.