How Many Of These Top Muscle Building Foods Do You Eat?

Muscle building foods complement the efforts you put into your home fitness training. You can spend all the time in the world, doing resistance training and bodyweight exercises but you'll never build any muscle if you're not eating the right food to support muscle growth.

 

What is the Magic Ingredient in
"Muscle Building Foods"?

...PROTEIN!

All the muscles in your body are made from protein. In fact, every single cell in your entire body contains protein. Right from your toes to the top of your head.

Protein in your food is made up of smaller parts known as amino acids. Your body knows how to produce some of these amino acids itself. But there are others which your body cannot produce. These are called essential amino acids. It is essential that you get these from your food sources. If you don't get these amino acids - you'll have a hard time building muscle.

Not all foods are created equal when it comes to their essential amino acid content.

For example, protein from meat contains all of the essential amino acids. You'll sometimes hear it called a "complete protein" source. If you think carefully, it makes sense that the correct amino acids are present because meat is already muscle.

Protein from plants on the other hand are "incomplete proteins". Each source doesn't have the full spectrum of amino acids except for a handful of foods which we'll tell you about in a minute...

Here are some examples of good muscle building foods. They all have got high protein content.

  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Legumes
  • Grains
  • Seeds
  • Nuts

 

"Should I Eat Plant Or Animal Proteins?"

Good question.

Although meat has the correct amino acids for your body, it does have some downsides.

Meat tends to come with lots of fat on it. Even if you can't see the fat, it is still there, hiding between the muscle fibers. This means that meat is very high in calories. If you eat too many calories you'll store the excess on your body as blubber...

...which does a fantastic job of covering up your muscles... Not quite the goal you had in mind was it?

There are also many studies linking high animal-protein consumption with cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other autoimmune diseases. In fact, after reading the incredibly eye opening book, The China Study, we've completely changed our view on animal products. The scientific evidence that animal-protein causes most of the "western diseases" is so overwhelming that you just can't ignore it.

With that said and done, there are also some downsides to plant sources.

If you want to get your protein from plant sources you will need to eat a wide variety of them. Most plants have some of the amino acids but not others. However, there's only 8 essential amino acids and most people don't have trouble getting their requirements.

If you're someone who likes to keep it simple and would rather eat less variety, we've listed some complete proteins from plant sources below. These are low in fat too which means less body fat and more muslce definition.

 

High Protein Low Fat Foods

  • Quinoa
  • Spirulina
  • Amaranth
  • Soy
  • Hempseed
  • Buckwheat
  • Spinach

 

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