Building muscle, burning fat, and transforming and improving your physique in general is most certainly not a simple task that you complete in a matter of weeks, in fact, if you were to ask anybody who has done all of the above, they’ll tell you that it is an incredibly difficult process for anybody to undergo. Of course, thanks to modern technology, using tools such as an online personal trainer, a macro counter, and perhaps even a workout tracker, will all help you, but overall it’s down to you to put the hard work in.
You should follow routines similar to those that you would follow if you were taking Personal Training with Mr Universe Julian Grishajev, but on top of the training, more importantly is the fact that you need to make sure that you’re consuming the right foods, and using the right supplements for building muscle. Here we’ll be taking a look at two whole food sources, and two sports supplements which have been proven to help pack on lean muscle mass in no time at all.
Chicken breast – Ask any expert, including our own personal trainer in El Paso, which is the most beneficial whole food for building muscle, and nine times out of ten they’ll tell you that it’s chicken breast, and it’s not surprising why either. Chicken breast is packed full of essential protein and amino acids, which are vital for muscle growth and repair. As if that wasn’t all, it is also very low in fat and highly versatile, as it can be used in many different recipes. If muscle growth is your target, chicken breast is perfect.
Oatmeal – Many people seem to think that meat, fish, eggs, and other high protein foods are the only beneficial foods when it comes to building muscle, but in reality, carbohydrates are also play a very integral role. Oatmeal is an awesome source of slow-release carbohydrates, that is packed full of dietary fiber. Not only does it provide a slow and steady stream of energy to your body over the course of several hours, it is also a great source of folate, B vitamins, and minerals including iron. For the ultimate pre-workout food, oatmeal is perfect as it will fuel your body for hours.
Whey protein – Ask any online personal trainer, or any other seasoned expert for that matter, what the number one best-selling supplement in the muscle building market currently is, and they’ll tell you it’s whey protein. Whey protein powder is derived from dairy milk, and is a rapidly absorbing protein that is perfect for post-workout nutrition. One average shake contains around 35g of protein, not to mention vitamins, amino acids, and minerals that nourish your muscles and initiate protein synthesis almost instantaneously.
Casein protein – Casein protein is another very useful protein powder supplement that also comes from dairy milk. However, unlike whey protein, casein protein is absorbed by your body very differently, and is actually a very slow absorbing protein. For this reason, casein protein is ideal when consumed right before bed as it releases a gradual amount of proteins and nutrients into the body over the course of several hours whilst you sleep, keeping your body in an anabolic state, and helping to prevent muscle catabolism and breakdown.