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Muscle Weight Gain

The Top Ten Low-Budget, Muscle-Building Foods For Muscle Weight Gain


muscle building foods
If you have been trying to gain muscle for any length of time, you have probably figured out that training is only half of the equation. For quality muscle weight gain, you must take in more calories than you burn, with a significant portion of them coming from protein. This large food intake can be a huge drain on your wallet, especially when you already have monthly gym dues on your list of bodybuilding expenses. Here are ten, nutrient-dense, muscle-building foods that will help you get the protein and calories you need for muscle weight gain without breaking the bank.

1. Eggs 
With 5-6 grams of both protein and fat in each little egg, and with prices as low as a dollar per dozen in some grocery stores, this is a muscle weight gain food that cannot be beat. If you're in serious need of calories to grow, you would do well to eat the whole egg. The yolk contains healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, half of the egg's protein, and several essential amino acids and vitamins that you will not find in the white.

2. Ground Beef (and a tip to make it leaner) 
It's not as pretty as a nice steak, but ground beef certainly gets the job done when it comes to building muscle on the cheap. It has 6-7 grams of protein per raw ounce, fat content that varies depending on the leanness, and a price that is sometimes lower than two dollars per pound.

For those worried about the saturated fat content, here is a trick to make fatty beef much leaner. Brown the meat and dump it into a colander in the sink. You can eliminate some of the grease in this first step by pouring it out elsewhere. After you have done this, turn on the faucet and run water over the beef for a few minutes. Toss and turn the beef within the colander while the water runs over it to cause the fat to strain out. Finally, if you want to eliminate a little bit more fat, lay out paper towels on your counter and pour the beef onto them. The towels will soak up what little grease is left from the straining process, giving you much leaner beef than what you started with.

3. Whole Milk 
Dairy products often get a bad rap in muscle-building discussions, but whole milk has long been a standby weight-gaining food for bodybuilders focused purely on muscle weight gain. It has 8-9 grams each of protein and fat per cup, and the price is usually around three dollars per gallon (16 cups). This is an especially good food for skinny guys that have trouble bulking up.

4. Peanut Butter 
With 6 grams of protein and 16 grams of monounsaturated fats per 2-tablespoon serving, peanut butter is one of the cheapest, easiest, and tastiest ways to up your caloric intake. You can eat it by itself, add it to a protein shake, or even put it in your oatmeal.

5. Potatoes 
When aiming for muscle weight gain on a budget, you will do well to ignore the low-carb dieting fad and at least consume a significant amount of carbs at breakfast and around training time. One of the best, cheapest foods for this purpose is potatoes. One medium-sized red potato has 25-30 grams of carbs.

6. Oats 
Oats are another excellent source of quality carbohydrates. One cup contains nearly 50 grams of carbs and 6 grams of fiber. In addition to their low cost, they are extremely versatile and convenient. Unlike potatoes, rice, or other good bodybuilding carbs, you can easily take dry, ready-to-eat oats with you anywhere you go.

7. Whey Protein 
While you should not focus your budget on supplements, whey protein is one of the best investments you can make in your physique. Most whey powders have about 25 grams of protein per serving, and with prices as low as five dollars per pound (15 servings), they provide the cheapest cost per gram of protein around. Nearly everyone who is serious about muscle weight gain keeps protein powder in their nutritional arsenal.

8. Bananas 
Potatoes and Oats can more than cover your carbohydrate needs, but bananas provide a cheap, tasty variation. A single banana provides around 30 grams of carbs, and prices are almost always well under a dollar per pound. You can also combine a banana with a whey protein shake after a workout for a quickly digesting blend of carbs and protein.

9. Olive Oil 
Though it is more expensive than other oils, olive oil is still a very cheap source of extremely nutritious mono- and polyunsaturated fats. You can cook your eggs, meat, and potatoes in olive oil, and skinny guys can even add it to a shake to easily up their caloric intake.

10. Tuna 
Last but certainly not least on this list of muscle-building foods is canned tuna. Even with rising food costs, a can of tuna still costs well under a dollar and provides 25 grams of very lean protein. You can also buy tuna packed in oil to get twice as many calories for no extra cost!

A Word on Supplements 
If you are trying for muscle weight gain on a tight budget, you should make food, not supplements, your priority. No amount of quality supplementation will help you build muscle if your diet isn't even in order. The one exception to this rule is whey protein, which is essentially just a powdered food product.

If you concentrate on these cheap, effective, muscle-building foods, you should be on the right track to gaining heaps of muscle. Don't let your financial situation get in the way of your bodybuilding success!



Bodybuilding Protein

3 Cheap, Easy Ways to Get More Bodybuilding Protein Into Your Diet


Bodybuilding Protein
If you have spent much time trying to put on muscle mass, you have probably figured out that you need a very large quantity of bodybuilding protein to make significant muscular gains. Bodybuilders and their nutritionists tend to recommend an intake of anywhere from one to two grams per pound of bodyweight PER DAY. Unfortunately, most protein-packed foods tend to be dense, filling, inconvenient, and relatively expensive. It can be hard on your wallet, stomach, and schedule to get in all that you need to build muscle as quickly and efficiently as possible. Here are four cheap, easy ways for you to add more bodybuilding protein to your diet.

Drinking Egg Whites 

This may sound disgusting, but unlike the yolks, plain egg whites have a very neutral flavor. Also, if you buy them pre-separated in a carton, they are usually pasteurized. I have found that the best, easiest way to consume raw egg whites is to just blend them with some ice, fruit, and some kind of sweetener. The shake goes down very easy, and depending on how many whites / cartons you use, this is a quick way to consume 50-100 grams of good bodybuilding protein.

Whey Protein Shakes 

The most common type of bodybuilding protein that people consume as a shake is whey, a dairy byproduct of cheese production. While not as quality a muscle-building food as chicken, steak, or other meats, whey is the easiest food for adding protein to your bodybuilding nutritional regimen. If you can find a good deal online or in a bulk or wholesale store, it also will give you the cheapest cost per gram of this nutrient.

Canned Tuna (and how to eat it) 

While certainly not pretty or particularly appetizing, canned tuna is your best bet for cheap, solid-food bodybuilding protein. Go for the "chunk light" type to get the cheaper and easier-to-eat option. One can usually has about 25 grams of protein for less than one dollar. I have found that the easiest way to consume a significant quantity of tuna is to just take very large bites, chew them a few times, and wash them down with a big gulp of water. It has too strong an odor for polite company anyway :)

As you probably noticed, I have placed a greater emphasis on convenience and cost than on taste. Though it is important for your sanity to indulge in some tastier meals and treats every once in a while, you are going to have to prioritize if you are serious about building muscle on a budget. Emphasizing these foods in your diet will keep the muscular gains coming without tapping too far into your hard-earned money and your spare time.



Foods For Muscle Weight Gain

The Top Ten Low-Budget, Muscle-Building Foods For Muscle Weight Gain


If you have been trying to gain muscle for any length of time, you have probably figured out that training is only half of the equation. For quality muscle weight gain, you must take in more calories than you burn, with a significant portion of them coming from protein. This large food intake can be a huge drain on your wallet, especially when you already have monthly gym dues on your list of bodybuilding expenses. Here are ten, nutrient-dense, muscle-building foods that will help you get the protein and calories you need for muscle weight gain without breaking the bank.

Muscle Weight Gain

1. Eggs 
With 5-6 grams of both protein and fat in each little egg, and with prices as low as a dollar per dozen in some grocery stores, this is a muscle weight gain food that cannot be beat. If you're in serious need of calories to grow, you would do well to eat the whole egg. The yolk contains healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, half of the egg's protein, and several essential amino acids and vitamins that you will not find in the white.

How Much Protein Do I Need to Build Muscle


How Much Protein Do I Need to Build Muscle

Here's an easy formula to help you determine how much protein to take to build new muscle. There's a VERY basic way that bodybuilders / power-lifters used to use to determine how much protein their bodies required, but it was not very accurate and could be dangerous if they took extremely high levels of protein.

The old formula was to simply multiply your body-weight (in pounds) by 2. They said this was the number of grams of protein you'd require.

The accurate way to determine protein requirements is to use this formula: 

Multiply your total body weight by your body-fat %.
Subtract the number of pounds of body-fat from total body-weight.
This number is your total Lean Body Mass (LBM)
Multiply LBM (x) 1.818
This is the exact protein requirement of your body for your total LBM.
Example: I'm a 240 pound bodybuilder, currently at approximately 15% body-fat. 

240 pounds (x) 15% (=) 36 pounds of body-fat.
240 pounds (-) 36 pounds
LBM (=) 204 pounds
204 (x) 1.818
Daily Protein Requirement (=) 370.872 grams.
Now in contrast, if I had used the old method and multiplied my body-weight (x) 2, here's what it would have looked like:

240 pounds (x) 2 (=) 480grams of protein per day. As you can see, that is way too much protein and could side effects like kidney problems.

It is typically very difficult to get enough protein since our diets are typically carbohydrate based, but natural protein sources like chicken, fish, meat, beans etc. can be a good base. You'll probably find that you need to supplement with protein supplements [http://www.befit4free.com/shop/Protein_Drinks] which can be purchased online at very reasonable rates.

There are a lot of varieties of protein supplements that work very well, including: 100% Casein Protein, 100% Egg Protein, 100% Whey Gold Standard.

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