Five Foods to Gain Muscle Mass
December is here and it’s no surprise that you have started to focus more on pigs in blankets, the latest festive burger or the chocolate brownies that Julie from HR keeps bringing into the office. However, just because Christmas is around the corner, it’s important not to destroy all of your hard work… no matter how good Julie’s brownies taste.
It is commonly recognised that the winter period is the perfect time to bulk up and add mass before the summer shred, so, we have highlighted the top five foods to support your mass gaining schedule.
This should be a staple in your diet if you are looking to gain muscle. Lean beef provides a stupendous amount of high quality protein as well as amino acids and zinc, all of which are conducive to building muscle.
Eggs took the rap for a long time and were given a bad name by a number of experts, but they didn’t crack. Instead eggs came back with a punch ensuring you get the most bang for your buck. They offer a staggering 9 amino acids, choline, high quality protein, good fats and vitamin D.
Tuna & Other Oily Fish
Fish, especially Tuna, are extremely high in protein as well as being low in fat and rich in omega 3 fatty acids. The omega 3s are essential in fat loss and help your body to perform its normal functions.
Any food that is refined is going to have its nutrients robbed before it reaches your mouth. Whole grains provide you with more nutrients which will promote sustained energy levels throughout the day. You will also find that whole grains have a positive effect on your overall health and well-being. Foods such as brown rice boost growth hormones for muscle gain whilst also aiding in fat loss.
No, that is not a lie. Your body does require a certain amount of healthy fats to promote the production of essential hormones such as testosterone (and testosterone is one of your best friends when it comes to building muscle). Growth hormones that are supported by the ingestion of healthy fats have been found to improve strength gains and muscle growth and therefore are extremely important in your diet. Healthy fats are found in foods such as nuts, oily fish, leafy veggies and avocados.
And there we have our quick fire guide on how to keep your gains on track and your growth hormones high. In the meantime, check out some of our favourite items to keep you covered up when you’re outside the gym and make you stand-out.
GYM KING GREY MARL CORE LOGO JOGGERS & ZIP HOODIE – £89.90
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