When most people begin a muscle building program, they go hard on the training, and go hard on the nutrition. By nutrition I mean they eat everything in sight. Now, this works for some people, but for most people this causes more problems than results. In fact, this is a huge muscle building mistake.
You are what you eat. You need to take these words VERY seriously. If you eat a lot of junk, you will gain weight in the form of fat, not muscle. The idea here is to FEED your muscles, not feed your body.
So which foods do you choose? Here’s a short list to help:
Bagels are more calorie dense than bread, and a better source of carbohydrates then bread. Each bagel will boost your caloric intake by 300-350 calories. They are also low in fat, so you know you’re feeding your muscles, as opposed to just feeding your body.
Increased caloric intake is extremely important with muscle building. It not only helps rebuild muscles you’ve broken down but also helps avoid over training.
As a vegetarian, I used to eat a lot of cottage cheese. Each pack has almost 20 grams of invaluable protein. However, cottage cheese doesn’t taste all that good, so you’ll have to find ways to make it taste better.
Increased protein intake is extremely important, especially those doing a high-volume program such as GVT.
Store bought oatmeal has one problem: they add a lot of other stuff to it, such as sugar. You’re best bet is to grab some dry oats. Oats can give you lots of energy for intense muscle building workouts.
I’m not the biggest fan of steak – I’m more of a chicken guy – but once in a while, some juicy steak will make your muscles happy. Don’t worry about the saturated fat – some saturated fat is good for you.
Nuts and Nut Butter
Also as a vegetarian I used to eat a lot of almonds, peanut butter, and almond butter. Nuts are a great source of protein and carbohydrates. They’re also calorie dense, which will help you meet your caloric goals.
Start including these 5 foods into your diet, and watch your muscles grow! Don’t forget to follow a solid, done-for-you muscle building plan such as the Body Transformation Blueprint by Sean Nalewanyj. Click HERE to learn more.