Posted on: February 15, 2021 Posted by: Kimberly Thibodeaux Comments: 0

If you are getting into bodybuilding then you need to understand that what you eat is just as important as what you exercise. In other words, you can lift as many weights as you like but if your muscles are not getting the fuel they need to grow, you are wasting a great deal of effort.

Protein is a MUST for Bodybuilders

With just a little research into an effective bodybuilding diet, you will quickly discover that enough protein is one of the most (some say the most) important parts of your nutritional intake. In short, protein is the building block of lean muscle – a lack of protein means your muscle-building potential is much lower.

There are many opinions on how much protein your body needs each day, and it may depend on your bodybuilding goals. Typically, you might consider taking around 1 gram of protein per pound of your body weight each day.

Check the Food’s Nutritional Info Before You Buy

There are plenty of foods in your local supermarket or grocery store that contain a useful amount of protein. Today’s regulations that ensure food product manufacturers display the nutritional content of their product make choosing your groceries a breeze. However, before you go running off to buy every high protein food you can find, a certain amount of care must be taken. Take the time to read through the food’s nutritional information table in its entirety. Not only are you looking out for the protein content, but you also need to consider fat content, sugar content, carbohydrates, and so on. If your goal is to grow lean muscle then it is a good idea to avoid too many products high in simple sugars, calories, and refined carbohydrates.

Recommended Quality Protein Sources for your Shopping List

You are now ready to hit the supermarket in search of quality protein food sources. These are foods that are high in protein but not so high in other elements that will hinder your lean muscle targets (i.e. calories, carbs, etc.):

MILK/DAIRY: ‘Skimmed’ or ‘fat-free’ milk is another good source of quality protein and can be consumed as it is (think homemade shakes or in your breakfast cereal) or in so many dairy foods. You need to take care of which dairy products you choose but there are always options for the dieting conscious. You can eat fat-free versions of your favorite yogurts, ice-creams (watch out for other ingredients), cheeses (cottage cheese is always highly recommended), and more.

AND MORE…: There are plenty of other foods high in protein such as nuts (good for vegetarians) pulses (another good source for vegetarians), cereals, and so on. Take some time to research other foods on the internet – there is a massive amount of information on websites, forums, newsletters, and so on.

Is Protein All I Need to Focus On?

No. Protein, although a vital part of a bodybuilder’s diet, is not the be-all and end-all. Bodybuilders also need the energy to physically perform their exercises and this comes mostly from carbohydrates, or more specifically, complex carbohydrates. This is the subject of another article so watch this space. You need both a higher protein intake to ‘rebuild’ your muscle and the appropriate complex carbohydrates to fuel your workouts.

Build a high-quality protein source shopping list then hit the grocery store!

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