Eating The Right Meals For Muscle Growth

Eating The Right Meals For Muscle Growth
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If you are taking CrazyBulk products in order to get bigger or shed unwanted fat, it is important that you remember that even illegal steroids are unable to compensate for a terrible diet. You may notice that you have improved gains at first, but unless you get everything right in the kitchen, chances are that you will never get the full benefits. This is why it is important to discuss eating right when taking legal steroids.

Focus on the protein

Every single day, you want to make sure that you get at least 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. Remember that you are pushing your muscles to the extreme, whether you are bulking or cutting. These amino acids found in protein are the building blocks of muscle protein. While traditional people only need less than half a gram per pound of bodyweight, studies show that athletes who want strength and mass need more than double that amount. If you are just getting started with your weight training, it is a good idea to get even more than that in.

You have a number of protein choices available. The better ones are the lean animal proteins such as dairy, eggs, fish, beef, turkey, and chicken. All of these offer complete protein sources, which means that they provide us with all the essential amino acids that our body needs to develop lean muscle.

Do not ignore your carbs

Every single day, you want to make sure that you get at least 2 to 3 grams of carbs per pound of bodyweight. If we are talking about muscle growth (which you are pushing with CrazyBulk products), protein will always be the most important macronutrient, but carbohydrates are a close second for anyone who wants to build muscle. If you want to fuel your muscles during a workout, you need to take in carbs that are stored as glycogen.

During most meals, it is a good idea to eat slow-digesting carb sources like vegetables, fruits, beans, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, and whole grains. However, after your workout you want fast-digesting carbs such as a sports drink, baked potato, bagel, or white bread. This is going to spike your insulin levels, meaning that the carbs you eat are forced into the cells of the muscle. The added insulin is also going to help amino acids get where they need to go to build muscle. The only time that you want an insulin spike is directly after your workout.

Fat is not a dirty word

You do need fat in your daily diet. In fact, around 20 to 30 percent of your total daily calories should be fats. You also do not need to completely eliminate your saturated fat intake. Higher-fat diets appear to be more adapt at keeping your testosterone levels high. If you want to avoid gaining fat and want to be able to build muscle, you need to keep your testosterone levels optimal.

If you want saturated fats, ground beef and steak are excellent options. Monounsaturated fats should come in the form of peanut butter, olives, olive oil, mixed nuts, and avocados. You should get your omega-3 polyunsaturated fats in the form of walnuts, flaxseed oil, and fatty fish (catfish, trout, and salmon).

Calories matter if you want to build muscle

You are trying to build or maintain muscle right? This means that you cannot skimp out on the calories. Per pound of bodyweight, you want to eat around 20 calories each day. If you want to gain quality mass, you need to stay in a positive calorie balance. Your body will enter into conservation mode if you burn more calories than you consume. You will not be promoting any muscle growth if you do not get enough calories in.

Eating regularly

Every 2 to 3 hours you want to have a meal that has quality carbs and proteins. This is going to ensure that you have a steady supply of amino acids and energy. This helps you stay lean while gaining mass. You want to make sure that each meal is around the same size. If you eat a 1,400-calorie lunch, chances are that you are not going to be hungry enough to eat again in a few hours. Also remember that eating calories in excess of what you are able to process will be stored as fat.

Protein shakes can be amazing

You can get protein in a convenient shake form – so there should be no excuse about how much protein you get. Make sure that you get 20 grams of protein both pre- and post-workout. Even though these shakes are technically supplements, we do consider them important meals. While you want the majority of your meals to be unprocessed whole foods, a protein shake is often easier and sometimes a better option. Think about your protein needs before your workout for example. Make sure that you take at least 20 grams of protein and a  slower-digesting carbohydrate before your training, and take in 20-40 grams of liquid protein after you get done with your workout (along with faster-digesting carbs).

Eat before bed

If you want to get bigger, you cannot allow your body to go without nutrition for 7, 8, 9 hours on end. You want to take 1 cup of low-fat cottage cheese or 30-40 grams of a micellar casein protein shake before bed. Take this with 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 ounces of mixed nuts, or 2-3 tablespoons of flaxseed oil. The oils are going to ensure that the protein digests much slower.

Considering that we are essentially in a fasted state during sleep, the answer is NOT less sleep. It just means that you should focus on getting the right type of food before bedtime. Healthy fats and slow-digesting proteins are your best option here.

Again, even if you take whatever supplements that you can get your hands on, food is what ultimately causes you to grow your muscles. Your muscles need nutrition to grow. By having a good diet in combination with CrazyBulk products, it is almost like cheating – because you are making twice as many gains as everyone else in the gym.