We all know that gaining muscle involves adding weights to your exercise regime and whether you’re working to build your arms, legs, abs or booty – I offer programs suited to the exact goals you want to achieve.
But eating protein-rich foods alongside your exercise regime is crucial to optimum muscle growth and to make sure that you’re fully benefiting from all the hard work that you are putting in during your workouts.
So I’ve made a list of some common foods which are easy to become part of anyone’s diet, all of which promote muscle growth and accelerate the rate of muscle gain alongside regular high-intensity workouts.
Although not that long ago eggs were perceived as an artery-clogging food, recent research has proven that there is no link between eggs and heart disease so they have fallen back into the spotlight as a health food, particularly useful for muscle growth. The great thing about eggs is their versatility, you can enjoy them; boiled, scrambled, poached or as an omelette with your choice of filling so you’re unlikely to ever get too bored of them.
Nuts are a great snack for anyone who is attempting to gain muscle as they contain high levels of proteins, healthy fats and fiber. Read my last blog post to see many other health benefits of eating nuts.
Chicken is always a muscle growth food that you can rely on due to its availability, high protein content, low levels of fat and relatively cheap price in comparison to other meats. A three-ounce serving of cooked chicken breast provides around 27g of protein and only 3g of fat, which compares really well to other meats such as beef and lamb. Plus, it’s super tasty.
Although some people veer away from salmon due to its reputation of being much fattier than other fish such as cod or haddock, it’s these high levels of Omega 3 that reduce the rate of muscle breakdown, making it extremely useful for muscle building. Eggs and salmon are good for making an extremely high protein meal. If you’re not a fish eater, then you can still get the benefits of Omega 3 by taking fish oil supplements.
Plain Greek yogurt
The ‘plain’ part of this is essential as many flavoured Greek yogurts will contain lots of added sugar which will prove counterproductive – for extra flavour you can try adding fresh fruit instead. However, plain Greek yogurt is a great breakfast or snack due as it’s richness in protein and probiotic bacteria – leaving your gut feeling happy too.
If you’re ready to build serious muscle, then you need to eat like it! So try incorporating as many protein-rich foods as you can into your diet – it’s important to fuel your body correctly for your needs and with muscle gain that involves protein, protein and more protein.