When you think of bodybuilding, your first thought is probably exercise and weight lifting. Although that is an important part of building muscle, it is not the only reason. The food that you put into your body is also a big factor to give your body the fuel it needs to grow and get bigger. Also, with the right nutrition, your body and mind will be able to last longer and give you more energy.
The correct foods for bodybuilding would be foods that are high in protein and carbohydrates and low in fat. Here are a few examples of foods that are great to help you reach your fitness goals.
Egg whites are great for breakfast. Only the egg white though because the yolk is the part of the egg that contains fat.
Oatmeal is great for a carbohydrate source because it’s complex carbohydrates will boost your energy for the day. It is low in fat and high in fiber. The energy you get from the oats will last a while, which helps later in the day.
Tuna is one of the best sources of protein that bodybuilders can have. It is rich in protein, it requires little or no effort to fix depending on how you like to eat it and it is very affordable. You can get tuna for less than 75 cents a can in most places.
Chicken is very popular among bodybuilders. It provides protein, and it tastes good.
Almonds are a good source of Vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, fiber and a good source of monounsaturated fat which is healthy. They have a lot of calcium also.
Beets have nitrates which increases Vasodilation (dilatation of your blood vessels) and improves your performance. In the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics it says eating two medium beets 75 minutes before exercising will improve your performance, decrease the amount of oxygen, and reduce the perceived level of exertion (the physical and mental effort) needed to exercise.
Chocolate Milk (when you are out of your protein powder). The added sugars boost the carbohydrates giving more muscle-building calories ad recovery-boosting carbs. Studies show when comparing a traditional sport drink that contains carbohydrates and electrolytes, chocolate milk higher in rank at re-synthesizing muscle glycogen, stops muscle break down and kicks muscle growth into action.
Raspberries improve digestive heath so your body is able to extract all the nutrients. They are the berry that has the most fiber in them with 8 grams per cup.