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Edited by STEVEN MILNER IIST

20 SUPER FOODS FOR THE GROWING BODYBUILDER.

 

To build muscle & lose fat, you need a variety of proteins, vegetables, fruits, carbs, and healthy fats. Eating protein helps to build and maintain muscle, but it also helps fat loss. Protein has a higher thermic effect on the body than carbs and fats.

Dietary fat actually helps with bodyfat loss, how?  Your body stores fat if you don’t get enough in your diet. Fruit and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals, necessary for recovery from your workouts. And carbs fuel your muscles so you feel full of energy at the gym.

Many of you struggle to balance these foods efficiently. Sometimes because you’re too busy or sometimes because you just lack the right information. This list will help you — 20 super foods you need to build muscle & lose fat.

1. Whole Eggs. Cheap & rich source of protein: 7g/egg. The yolk contains most nutrients: half the protein, vitamins A/D/E and cholesterol to naturally increase your testosterone levels.
Don’t get too worked up about cholesterol in eggs. Dietary cholesterol isn’t bound to blood cholesterol. Really! If you have bad cholesterol you should be working on lowering your body fat rather than wasting a perfectly good and healthy yolk.

2. Fish Oil. Reduces inflammation (joints/skin), lowers body fat and increases testosterone levels. You need 9000mg EPA/DHA per day. Since you’ll probably struggle to get that from eating fatty fish, consider a fish oil supplement.

3. Salmon. One of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids that also gets you 20g protein per 100g serving. Farm raised salmon is, however, omega-3 deficient because it’s corn/grain fed. Go with wild salmon if you can.

4. Berries. Strong antioxidants that prevent cancer, heart & eye diseases. Any kind works: cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc. Buy fresh or frozen berries and mix with oatmeal.

5. Yogurt. Contain bacteria that improve your gastrointestinal health. Don’t buy frozen yogurt or yogurt with added sugar and fruits at the bottom. Get plain low fat yogurt. Eat it with berries & flax seeds.

6. Flax Seeds. Source of fibre, protein & omega-3. Grind the flax seeds to get the most out of them, but be aware they won’t keep for more than a week when ground. Take 1 tbsp with yogurt & berries before going to bed. Stay away from flax oil: it’s unstable and contains no fibre. I should tell you that in the UK flaxseed oil is Linseed oil. Obviously you can’t just use any old linseed oil.

7. Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 70% monounsaturated fats protect against heart diseases and cancer. Add 1-2 tbsp olive oil to your salads. Buy extra virgin olive oil if you can afford to, it contains more polyphenols and tastes better.

8. Mixed Nuts. Contain mono- & polyunsaturated fats, proteins, fibre, vitamin E, zinc, potassium, magnesium, etc. Mixed nuts are calorie dense, great if you’re a skinny guy who wants to gain weight. This is easy to get right because anything works, almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, etc., peanut butter also works as long as you buy natural or organic peanut butter without added salts/sugars.

9. Red Meat. Protein, vitamin B12, iron, zinc, creatine, carnatine and even omega-3 if you eat grass-fed beef. Eat steaks & hamburgers from top round or sirloin

10. Broccoli. High in cancer fighting phyto-chemicals and anti-estrogenic indoles. Broccoli is also high in soluble fibre and low calorie, helping fat loss. Eat other cruciferous vegetables for a change, such as  cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, kale, etc.

11. Spinach. One of the most alkaline foods. Spinach prevents muscle & bone loss, but also cancer and heart diseases because of its high nutrient profile.

12. Turkey. If you don’t believe saturated fat is good for you, try white turkey. The leanest beef has about 4.5g saturated fat/100g, while white turkey has close to 0g which is why it’s so dry.

13. Quinoa. Mainly consumed in the United States, quinoa is often called the South American “king of grains”. Quinoa is higher in fibre & protein (18%, and a complete protein at that) than rice or oats, tastes a lot better and is gluten free, yet still high in calcium which is great for the lactose intolerant. Buy the whiter grain, it’s better quality. Eat it post workout as part of your post workout meal.

14. Oats. Oats and whole grains reduce cholesterol, provide you with low-glycaemic index carbs for energy, and are high in soluble fibre. Try a post workout shake of whey & crushed oats. (If you like that sort of thing)

15. Tomatoes. High in lycopene, which prevents cancer. The lycopene in tomato paste is 4 times more bioavailable than in fresh tomatoes. Have pizza or pasta with tomato sauce & olive oil post strength training.

16. Oranges. Vitamin C to fight diseases, magnesium to lower blood pressure, anti-oxidant beta-carotenes, etc. Avoid drinking processed orange juice from concentrates which often has added sugars. Eat oranges or make your own orange juice.

17. Apples. Pectin in apples helps weight loss by increasing satiety (the feeling of fullness). Apples are also the strongest antioxidiant after cranberries (eat the peels). Unfortunately apples are one of the most pesticide-contaminated fruits. Go organic.

18. Carrots. The high vitamin A content in carrots improves eye-health, especially night vision. Carrots are also h in fibre, low calorie and taste good (to some), even raw.

19. Water. Try to read some of my other articles on hydration (secrets of hydration)for more in depth information. Your body holds water if you don’t drink enough. Drinking prevents water retention, helps muscle recovery and prevents dehydration from strength training. Get a brita filter and drink 2 cups of water with each meal.

20. Green Tea. Green tea is a strong antioxidant and natural diuretic. Green tea can also speed up fat loss, prevents cancer and improve blood sugar & circulation. Try to drink green tea in the morning instead of coffee. Real green tea please, not the teabags!

Put It All Together. Eat proteins, veggies, fruits & fats every 3 hours. 2 cups water with each meal. Carbs post workout only. Junk food 10% of the time. Get stronger in the meanwhile and you’ll build muscle & lose fat.