In our initial blog about the muscle building food pyramid, we discussed the basic elements at the tip of the triangle that are vital to body growth. While most of these food items (nuts, oils, dairy products and fruits) are necessary for making big gains in the gym, you typically are only required two to four servings a day of each. The true base of your meal plan should reside in the foods that make up the foundation of the muscle building food pyramid. Read on to discover how to better pack your bodybuilding cooler bag and give yourself a killer edge in the gym.
Whole Grains And Starches
You'll always be a weakling if you don't take the time to stock up on carbohydrates. Sure, you've always heard that carbs are bad, but the truth is that they can raise your insulin level and keep your body from breaking down valuable proteins to create energy. By eating two to four servings a day of healthy carbs like brown rice, quinoa, high-bran cereals and whole-meal pasta, you'll fight yourself feeling more energized and ready for the gym.
Underrated and underestimated, most bodybuilders who don't understand veggies leave them out of their bodybuilding cooler bags. WRONG! Low starch vegetables are extremely necessary for great muscle growth. Skip out on hearty servings of heavy veggies like potatoes and try to eat three or more servings daily of broccoli, collard greens, carrots or squash. All of these veggies are low in calories and high in fiber content, which makes them perfect for helping to sculpt your body.
High Protein Foods
As the base of the muscle building food pyramid, the most important building block of your diet should be foods that are high in protein like eggs, turkey, chicken, tuna, pork and tofu. By eating four to eight daily servings of any of these proteins, you'll guarantee that your muscles are being repaired after your strenuous daily workout and promote continuing growth in the body.
In order to be the best, you go to eat the best. Continue your domination in the gym by following the simple ways of the muscle building food pyramid. The concept is simple and something that you've probably been following most of your life. Hunker down, keep eating your required servings and you'll be able to craft the body that you've always wanted to have.