Just because you hit the gym hard, it doesn’t mean you can eat anything you want, especially if you’re in the game of building muscle. Training is only one part of the battle; diet plays a major role in helping you achieve the physique you’re after.
Below are foods I consider “top of the line” when I’m trying to put on muscle.
Lean red meat
Red meat has gotten a bad rap, but a lean cut of red meat is a powerhouse food for muscle growth. It packs a punch of protein, and even contains creatine, which has been said to promote muscle energy.
These are a great option and have had their place in muscle-building diets for years. They are high in protein, low in carbs, contain good fats and have vitamins. Eggs are easy to whip up into a meal, and can be incorporated into other dishes for added protein. Enough said.
If you’re on the go and need a snack, almonds are an all-star. They are very calorie dense, are a good source of protein and are packed with antioxidants. Grab a handful for your next snack.
I am a big fan of fish, especially salmon. It’s another healthy protein and contains the added bonus of the highly talked about, Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is also a great muscle-building alternative for when you want to switch it up from eating meat.
It goes without saying that chicken is a staple for a muscle-building diet. Peek into any bodybuilder fridge and you’re guaranteed to see packages and containers filled with chicken. It’s lean, it’s an excellent source of protein, and of course, it’s versatile.