Friday, February 11, 2011
Foods You Need to Build Muscle
To build muscle & lose fat, you need a variety of proteins, veggies, fruits, carbs, and healthy fats. Eating protein helps building & maintaining muscle. But it also helps fat loss: protein has a higher thermic effect than carbs/fats.
Eating fats also helps fat loss: your body holds fat if you don’t eat fats. Fruits & veggies contain vitamins & minerals, necessary for recovery from your workouts. And carbs fuel your muscles so you feel full of energy at the gym.
Eat Whole Foods. You’ll achieve a lower body fat, so the muscles you’ve built show better. And the vitamin & mineral content helps recovery. Stop eating food coming from a box. Eat whole foods 90% of the time.
Training is more important than diet for muscle building. But you do need to give your body the food it needs for optimal recovery. Most guys don’t eat enough, you got to eat more to build muscle.
Protein is the building blocks of muscle. In fact, mach of what makes up your muscle is protein. So protein is needed to repair broken down muscle and build new muscle. There is musch debate about the amount of protein you need. There are too many variables such as goals, weight, sex etc. My recommendation is east as much protein as possible, especially at key meal times (after your workout and before bed). High protein foods include chicken, red meat, fish and eggs.