As you may already know, the type of food you eat plays a huge role in determining whether you have the kind of muscles that will be the envy of all. We are talking 80 percent of your overall body composition! So if you’re trying to build your muscles, the first thing you should do is to holistically change the foods you are consuming.
Here are a number of foods you should consider adding to your daily diet to help you build bigger pecs, biceps and lats. The good news? (Most of) this stuff tastes great!
As funny as it may sound, drinking beet juice can increase your stamina by up to 16 percent. Reason being, your body converts the nitrates in beets into nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow to your muscles.
Beets may also have the ability to help your muscles produce energy more efficiently, making exercise less exhausting. As such, drink a delicious glass of beet juice before your next workout or have some roasted ones in a salad.
Beef is packed with zinc, which helps to naturally boost testosterone production. Testosterone helps to increase muscle growth unlike any other thing you can think of. Beef also contains a natural form of creatine, which aids in the production of adenosine-triphosphate or ATP, which is another key to producing lean muscle mass. It also has a bit of protein too, which makes it a choice obtion for piling up the muscles.
Four ounces of chicken contains about 27 grams of protein, which is quite a lot. It’s also full of amino acids. So if you’re trying to gain muscle, chicken should be a staple of your diet. Grilled chicken is low in fat and also delicious!
This is a great, inexpensive muscle-builder. It has lots of proteins that are crucial for muscle growth, including healthy fats too. A combination of bread and peanut butter will provide carbohydrates and proteins respectively to help you replenish the blood flowing to your muscles. More so, the sugar in the jelly boosts your insulin levels to help burn off any unneeded sugars.
Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have all kinds of health benefits. They lower body fat, reduce joint inflammation and increase testosterone levels, among other things. Salmon also contains loads of proteins essential for body building.
Bodybuilders and other pro athletes routinely eat a piece of salmon for dinner—when they’re not eating chicken breasts—and if you want to have their type of body, eat some too.
After you work out, there’s an acid imbalance in your body, which can cause you to lose muscle. The alkaline in spinach however helps to neutralize this imbalance, thereby preventing muscle loss. Spinach will help you keep the muscle you’ve got. You may as well incorporate it into your daily meals.