You know how the old saying goes, training is only 30% of work, the rest is proper nutrition. Proper dieting is something you can’t out train, no matter how hard you may try. If you eat like a pig, you’ll have a body of a pig. You gotta treat your body like a top notch sports car, give it only the best fuel to feed the beast. Which brings us to the topic of conversation, foods that will make you look good for the shirts-off season.
Low in calories and high in protein, this is a typical no brainer. Its carb content is practically non-existent and it aids in digestion. Typical food that’s good to munch on if you’re in need of a quick midnight snack. It’s also great in strengthening your bones, which is a neat benefit. No one wants to snap their sh*t because they have weak bones.
Pickled cucumbers, or pickles for short, are high in acidity meaning they are a very sour tasting food. Which is great because sour foods increase the fat burning process in your body up to 40 percent. So next time you’re on a cut, put pickles in your fridge and chomp on them from time to time. But be careful not to overdo it, because they are high in sodium.
One of the best nut based foods that you can eat. it contains a high amount of the L-arginine amino acid and it helps in burning fat during workouts. Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium, and vitamin E. It can also reduce blood sugar, blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss.
Beef and Poultry
Dead animals make for a good protein source, that’s the ugly truth. Chicken, turkey, ducks…the whole nine yards. They are high in protein, vitamin B, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, vitamin E, zinc, iron, and magnesium. Beef is full of multivitamins and sure it packs a punch in the fat department, but a low-fat diet can contribute to low testosterone. So, unless you are a hardcore vegetarian or vegan, you should start downing some juicy steaks.
Same as above, meat is murder but it sure is tasty and healthy. A three ounce serving of tuna contains 23 grams of protein, which you need for getting bigger and leaner. It also has a high omega-three fatty acid content which is great for keeping your blood pressure in check. What’s also cool about tuna is that it has a high amount of vitamin B, which keeps your energy high and keeps your red blood cell count in check.
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Eggs are filled with BCAA’s, proteins and vitamins. In fact, they contain more BCAA’s per gram than any other food which is why they are an awesome addition to your diet. Eggs are basically a chicken’s way of saying “screw the supps bro, start eating this stuff I just made — it’s got everything you need.” This is also the only time you should actually eat something that came out of an animal’s ass.
The bulker’s delight! High in protein, high in healthy fat and all natural. You can make it at home or buy in a jar in your local supermarket. Try mixing things up a bit and add some peanut butter to your post workout shake to add more calories but don’t overdo it. They pack a punch in that department.
Shrimps contain a high amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and they are very high in protein. A three ounce serving of baked or broiled shrimps contains 20 grams of protein. Which is almost as three ounces of chicken breast but shrimps are very low in calories, one medium shrimp provides about seven calories, which means a dozen add up to less than 85 calories. But before you start devouring shrimp by the metric ton you should know that they are also high in cholesterol. So if you have high cholesterol you might want to keep the shrimp intake to a minimum.
Not only is this the source of Popeye’s strength but it’s rich in more vitamins and minerals than you can name. It has a high amount of vitamins K, A, C, B2, B6, and E. It’s also rich in potassium, magnesium, folate, iron, calcium, iodine, phosphorus, copper, fiber, healthy omega-3 fats and zinc. Let’s take a look at just one of those things — Zinc. Zinc is a mineral that helps in boosting this one body hormone you might have heard of, testosterone. Popeye wasn’t crazy when he downed cans of spinach, he was a testosterone-fueled beast.
Fruits and Vegetables
Yeah, yeah…eat your fruits and veggies because of health and everything. You already know this. Fruits are high in natural vitamins and taste good. Vegetables, as you’ve seen above with spinach, are rich with lots of beneficial minerals and proteins. So, don’t be a stubborn 12-year-old and skip on your veggie side dish, eat it and ask for more.