You can train in the gym until you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t match up your workout program with a solid nutritional approach, you can forget about making any real progress.

You can’t build a house without bricks, and building muscle is no different.

But what are the best bodybuilding foods available to help you pack on lean mass at the fastest rate possible?

Here is a list of choices that should make up the bulk of your overall diet…

The Best Bodybuilding Foods For Building Muscle

I’ll break this down into 3 categories to cover each of the major macronutrients: proteins, carbohydrates and fats…

Top Sources Of Protein

Proteins are the single most important bodybuilding foods available because they are responsible for building and repairing your muscle tissue.

In order to maximize your gains, the majority of your protein intake should be coming from sources with high branched-chain amino acid content (the BCAA’s are the primary aminos involved in muscle growth), high bio-availability (meaning your body will absorb a high percentage of the total protein content) and that are low in fat.

Here is a list of protein-rich bodybuilding foods that meet these three criteria…

* Lean poultry
* Lean red meat
* Lean Pork
* Whole Eggs/Egg Whites
* Cottage Cheese
* Fish (salmon, tuna, tilapia, halibut, cod etc.)
* Other seafood (shrimp, crab, lobster, scallops etc.)
* Skim milk
* Whey Protein

Top Sources Of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates provide fuel for your brain and muscles during your training sessions and other daily activities.

The best carbohydrate-rich bodybuilding foods are those that are high in fiber and vitamin/mineral content. Don’t get too hung up on the issue of “simple” and “complex” carbs, as this means very little within the context of a complete diet.

Just aim to structure the majority of your carb intake around these sources…

* Rice (white or brown)
* Potatoes (white or sweet potatoes)
* Yams
* Oatmeal
* Ezekial bread
* Quinoa
* Whole grain cereals
* Pita (white or whole wheat)
* Pasta (white or whole wheat)
* Fruits
* Vegetables

Top Sources Of Fats

Fats play a variety of important roles in the body, such as elevating testosterone levels, improving joint health, enhancing brain function and boosting cardio health.

Make sure to get in a few servings of healthy fats every day from the following bodybuilding foods…

* Fatty Fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines etc.)
* Oils (olive oil, flaxseed oil, fish oil etc.)
* Nuts/Natural Nut Butters (peanut, almond, walnut, cashew, etc.)
* Seeds (sunflower, sesame, flaxseed, pumpkin etc.)
* Avocado

Saturated fats are important as well, but you’ll naturally get enough of these fats through your consumption of animal proteins.

– Sean

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