Mens Health Recipes

What are the best foods to building a mans body and staying health? This is the common question asked by youngsters eager to flex their muscles. Here are some helpful tips on what foods to choose for a healthy body.

Healthy Fats
Foods that provide healthy fats can also contribute to build muscles. Yes, one has to stay away from saturated fats such as fried foods, high sugary foods (cakes). However, foods high in omega 3 essential fatty acids prevent muscle breakdown. A very low fat diet cannot help to get that desired muscle growth. Sufficient dietary fat intake is necessary to gain adequate muscle mass, which can be obtained from:

  • Flaxseed oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Avocado
  • Fish oil

Foods High in Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates provide energy to the muscles, necessary to perform exercises. So even though proteins are considered to be the best foods to build muscles, carbohydrate intake is important to energize your body to effectively perform strenuous workouts. A low carb diet will deplete the body’s energy levels, thus making the body incapable of doing any intense workouts. Complex carbohydrates provide long lasting energy at a steady rate to the body, so it is very important that one includes carbohydrates in sufficient amount to maximize muscle performance during exercise. Remember, the body derives energy from complex carbohydrates to do day-to-day activities. So, do not forget to eat these foods mentioned below to build muscle and burn fat:

  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Oatmeal
  • Brown rice
  • Whole grain bread

Protein Rich Foods
As bricks are building blocks of a tall concrete structure, similarly proteins are building blocks for proper muscle growth. Protein essentially contains amino acids, which actually help to build muscles. That is why including proteins in the diet is necessary to get those bulging biceps. Bodybuilders ensure that their protein intake is high in order to maintain muscle growth. The bodybuilding world knows that without protein rich diet, it won’t be possible to develop and sustain large muscle mass. Also, exercise can cause muscle damage as well as increase the requirement of amino acids. So, in order to promote muscle repair and fulfill the demand of amino acids, eating protein rich foods daily is essential. Following are the lean protein foods:

  • Legumes
  • Roasted beef
  • Nuts such as almonds, walnuts and cashew nuts
  • Plain yogurt
  • Dairy products like cottage cheese
  • Milk
  • Turkey breast
  • Poultry products such as chicken breast
  • Eggs (egg whites)
  • Fish such as salmon

When it comes to consuming meat for building muscles, choosing lean meat is a better option. This is because lean meat is basically low in fats and high in proteins, which can help to achieve our goal of muscle building. Lean cuts of chicken, beef and turkey can certainly benefit to promote muscle growth and lose excess fat.

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