Most guys are already aware that if they want to get bigger and bulk up you need to do more than just your weightlifting workouts. You need to eat and you need to eat more, a LOT more. You need to have that calorie surplus for the energy to lift and also to build more muscle. But most of these guys probably also feel the pain of having to eat more not just in the body but also in the wallet. It can be quite expensive having to eat a lot more to have that calorie surplus. So if you’re going to have to spend more money on food it might be a good idea to get the best muscle building foods as far as quality but also price.
Every muscle building guide will tell you that protein is the number one thing you need for muscle building and the egg is the king for protein foods. It’s the highest rated protein food out there with a BV 100. Now when eating these eggs don’t forget the yolk as the yolk contains healthy fats and is also filled with protein.
For years many thought eating too many egg yolks is bad for your health but there’s nothing that says having 2 egg yolks a day does any harm to your health. If you eat a yolk for every 2 or 3 egg whites you should be fine. I always eat 2 whole eggs and after that I take the yolk out of every 3rd egg. And the good news is you can find a dozen eggs at some places for as low as a buck or two.
All the bodybuilders you see in the bodybuilding books have chicken breasts high in their list for what they eat. Chicken breasts are high in protein and very low in fat.
Fish is also good because of its protein and is filled with healthy fats. Tuna being the most popular because it seems to have the highest protein content, but salmon is a good alternative to add some variety. It can also be very cheap as you can get a can of tuna for only a dollar or 2 but its packed with a lot of protein.
The tastiest of the best muscle building foods would probably be beef. Beef is also filled with creatine. But it also contains saturated fat and cholesterol but having beef so it should be eaten in moderation, just like anything else.
Whey protein although not a real food is a great source of protein also. It’s best to take whey protein right after your weightlifting workouts. A note about supplements such as whey protein is to take supplements only when you’re short of calories or in the case of whey protein short in protein. Supplements are just that, they should only be used to supplement your diet.
A food many don’t have on their grocery lists is olive oil. The reason olive oil is great is because 1 tbsp is already 120 calories, so even if you’re full but still need some calories olive oil can easily help you hit that calorie goal.
Some other great muscle building foods that give you a lot of bang for your buck would include whole milk, peanut butter, olive oil, potatoes, oats, and bananas. Just remember if you’re not getting bigger from your weightlifting workouts than you need to take a closer look at your diet.