Eat Your Way to Improved Muscle Mass

July 01, 2015 2 Comments

I feel pretty confident assuming we all want stronger, leaner muscles. I mean, why wouldn't you?

The more muscles we have the less fat we often carry, and the more confident we feel in achieving both daily activities and physical tasks. There truly is no downside to gaining more muscle mass. 

While many of you may believe that hitting the gym more frequently is the only way to increase muscle mass, I'm here to let you in on a little secret - You can eat your way to improved muscle mass too!

It's true. Unfortunately, most of us have been duped into believing that the only way to get bigger muscles is by training hard and they neglect the nutrition aspect, not to mention the recovery required.

The truth is you can't out train a poor diet. And while I understand how confusing nutrition may seem, it doesn't have to be. And to help you get started I wanted to share the top 10 foods tat will help you eat your way to improved muscle mass.

1. Lean Beef

Loaded with a plethora of things that are ideal for muscle growth, lean beef gives your body the high level of protein and amino acids needed to increase muscle growth.

A 3 oz serving is also pretty low in calories, with only 154 cals and 10 essential nutrients. 

2. Chicken

Skinless chicken is a great option for lean, mean protein. Not only is it a great source of protein, but it also helps maintain and repair your muscles, maintain your weight and improve your bone health. 

3. Cottage Cheese

Though not a personal favorite of mine, cottage cheese is practically pure casein protein. Casein is a slow-digesting protein which means it's great for muscle maintenance. 

4. Eggs

Nothing like a good sunny-side up to kick your day off on the right note, right? Eggs are full of protein, amino acids, choline, healthy fats and vitamin D which are all essential for fueling your muscle mass.

5. Whey Protein

Whey is great because it provides a quick hit of protein in an easy to consume, affordable manner. When used directly after a workout it can provide you muscles with the juice they need to recover, repair and grow.

6. Fish

Tuna, salmon and other fish are a low calorie option for consuming loads of Omega-3's, low fat, but lots of protein. Omega-3's are known to help reduce fat and ensure proper body functioning, like your metabolism.

7. Oatmeal

The true breakfast of champions, oatmeal is a low glycemic index (GI) source of carbs which preserve your muscles. What you maybe did not know about low GI foods is that they reduce your hunger naturally, improve fat loss, and give your body a good dose of fiber; something we easily forget about.

8. Whole Grains

Whole grains are natures treat for improving overall health and increasing your energy levels. Unlike refined grains which can do a lot of gut damage, whole grains encourage muscle growth, fat loss and muscle gains.

9. Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and veggies offer your body the essential fiber needed to flush your body of unnecessary products. They also contain tons of nutrients and are a rich source of antioxidants which help keep your immune system in check.

10. Healthy Fats

Fats get a bad rap, but healthy fats are critical for increasing muscle mass because they rev up your body's natural growth hormone. Foods containing polyunsaturated and monounsaturated are what you want to look for. This includes items like spinach, nuts, fish, avocados and more. 

So there you have it, 10 foods to help you build lean muscle. If you've got a good recipe or meal you cook to support your muscle gains, be sure to share it in the comment section below. 





2 Responses

Charlie
Charlie

October 14, 2016

what do you think about the paleo diet? you talk about oatmeal being good for keeping muscle – but that’s not on the paleo diet – so what would one substitute there. Also – being a vegetarian paleo person – I wonder if I’m finding it harder to grow muscle mass? will eating fish produce muslce?! thanks for any feedback

Melissa Chow
Melissa Chow

September 17, 2016

This is great info..I wish on some crossfit related site that there would be a “guide” to losing weight…and I mean for people like me who are obese (hate that word) and wanting to lose weight through crossfit while also building muscle.

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