Spending long hours in the gym pushing your body to its limit without giving it the proper nutrition and nourishment is like sitting at the far end of a branch on a tree and cutting it: It’s a catch 22 situation because if you succeed you will fall and therefore fail.
The number one question that I would get asked as a personal trainer more than 90% of the time was “Coach, I put in the time and train hard; you’ve seen me yourself. Then why is it, that no matter how hard I train, I can’t get any closer to my goals?” And I would always answer with “What are you eating and how often do you follow through with your meal plans?".
If you too are living under the impression that six pack abs are sculpted by doing several sets of sit-ups or whatever else, you’re wrong: they’re made in the kitchen. The real challenge in building a strong and impressive physique or losing weight is committing to changing your eating habits even before you start your training. You don’t have to do a course in nutrition or spend precious time on counting every calorie that you ingest, but you do have to increase your awareness of the foods you eat on a daily and of those that you should eat.
Take a look at these six meals that are full of muscle building ingredients that taste pretty great as well:
A) Ham & Cheese Omelette (2-4 whole eggs, fat-free cheese, and low-fat ham).
Eggs are renowned for their muscle building proteins. A single whole egg contains 6-7 grams of protein and provides 80 kcal. Although the cholesterol in eggs have been shown to lower bad (LDL) cholesterol levels in the body, you’re better off limiting the consumption of yolks to 2-3 a day. Add more whites which contain mostly protein and very low cholesterol.
2 Slices of brown bread or a bowl of cooked oats
This organically sprouted whole grain bread contains all nine amino acids that you’re body doesn’t produce and that are essential for muscle building.
B) Organic Milk 400-600ml with a scoop of Whey Protein
1/2 Serving of Cantaloupe
The Cantaloupe is one of the few fruits that are extremely beneficial for muscle building because of them of their low fructose content.
A) Tuna Sandwich (Canned Tuna -1, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, salt, and pepper)
B) Chicken Breast (7oz), onions, bell peppers, olive oil for seasoning, mixed greens and spinach (2 cups)
A) Lean beef steak (3 or 5 oz, depending on your fitness goals), garlic chive butter and A potato salad
This classic gives you good fat, protein, and carbs. Simply Amazing!
B) Pork loin and sweet potatoes (8oz pork loin, I cup rice, I large sweet potato, I/2 red peppers, 1 cup broccoli florets, 2tbsp onions.)
Eat your biggest meals at breakfast and dinner and after your evening workout for the best results. Remember, diet is just as important, if not more important than training – so make sure this is at the forefront of your goal plan.