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By Beginner Bodybuilding Guide
Probably the biggest mistake of all beginners when starting out trying to put on muscle is that they spend too much time in the gym and not enough time in the kitchen. You need quality food to get quality muscles from your quality and intense workouts that you are doing at the gym.
The first step you simply have to take is getting rid of junk foods and candy. You would need to train all day every day if you want to burn off those cokes and French fries and hamburgers you eat. This does not mean that you can never eat junk food again it means taking control of your eating habits.
Your body-fat and the way that your body looks is what you do to it every day and not what you do once a week or once a month. Eating hamburger and fries once a week will not get you fat, the same as training once a week will not get you muscles.
You need to eat smart and when you are trying to build muscle you need to think protein which is what your body uses to make muscle. Below is a list of good sources of protein that you should have a stock of in your house to make sure that you are getting a good quality protein.
Egg - The Grand Daddy of all foods. It is good to have 1 whole egg for every 3 whites. So breakfast might include 6 egg whites and 2 whole eggs.
Liquid Egg Whites - This is just pure egg whites. More convenient than cracking all the eggs and discarding the yolk but will cost you a little more.
Skinless Chicken Breast or Cutlets - Lean, inexpensive, high quality protein; staple of every diet.
Lean Ground Turkey - Lean high quality protein. Little more expensive than chicken breast.
Top Round Steak - Lean cut of meat. Has more fat than chicken but great source of meat. Definitely something you want to have in the off-season and can be eaten while dieting in moderation.
Filet Mignon - Tasty lean cut of meat. Expensive but worth it every once in a while.
Buffalo - Lean red meat, very tasty but super expensive. Give it a try.
Flounder - Inexpensive lean fish.
Cod - Inexpensive lean fish.
Pollock - Lean fish.
Wild Salmon - Healthy fatty fish. I get my salmon wild because the quality is a lot better but that results in a higher cost.
Canned Tuna - Lean inexpensive fish. If you worry about your sodium you might want to cut down on this. Make sure you get the one in water not oil.
Turkey Bacon - Leaner than regular bacon, not something one should have all the time but if you are a bacon lover then adding this to breakfast in the off-season is something is a good idea.
Lean Ground Beef - Make sure you get something that is at least 90% lean. This can be a great off-season source of protein.
Cottage Cheese - Slow digesting form of protein. Great for having when you have to go a long time in-between meals and also excellent to have before bed.
Pork Tenderloin - Inexpensive lean protein.
Wild Sea Bass - Lean high quality protein. Expensive side.
Wild Swordfish - Lean high quality protein. Expensive.
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