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Improve The Efficiency Of Your Workout by Adding These 10+ Foods That Build Muscle

Improve The Efficiency Of Your Workout by Adding These 10+ Foods That Build Muscle

Exercise is most probably the best way to keep yourself fit and in good shape. However, what a lot of people actually don’t know is the fact that your eating and feeding pattern also has quite a lot to say about it. Very quickly, we’ll like to run down a few foods that increase the efficiency and results of your exercise regimen by contributing through muscle building .

Lean Beef

    If you want to gain muscle mass, lean beef should be a regular in your diet. It is packed full of a lot of constituents, including zinc, iron and B-vitamins, all of which make a conducive environment for the growth of muscle mass. It also provides your body with high volumes of proteins and amino acids that stimulate muscle growth. If you’re trying to lose weight, you’ll be happy to know that a 3oz serving of lean beef has the ability to provide the same amount of protein as 1.5 cups of beans.

    Chicken (but without the skins)

      Just as it is with beef, chicken is also an amazing source of protein, which is important for the growth and repair of muscle tissues, the overall health of the bone and maintaining weight[1] . All you have to do is go to a local grocery store and you’ll easily find chicken meat that is cut into single serving sizes and which can be quickly seasoned and processed.

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      Cottage Cheese

        Although not many people are aware of this, but cottage cheese is actually almost completely full of casein protein. Casein is a protein that causes slow digestion, meaning it is just [perfect for building muscles. For people who have to go long periods without consuming food, cottage cheese is perfect. It is also an excellent source of vitamin B12, calcium and other nutrients.

        Eggs

          Eggs are a source of high quality protein, nine highly important amino acids, chlorine, the ideal type of fat and vitamin D. what more do you want? Eggs are not hazardous[2] in any way to your health and are quite easy to buy, too.

          Whey Protein

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            Whey protein supplements are popular in the fitness because they [provide a quick and convenient source of protein at very cost effective prices. They are used by bodybuilders immediately they wake up, after their workouts and even in some of their meals. For those who aren’t bodybuilders, a little scoop in our shakes immediately after workouts will do just fine.

            Fish

              Fish are another rich source of protein and they are also rich in omega-3 and fatty acids. The omega-3s are especially important because they help speed up the process of fat loss and ensure that the body processes such as metabolism and homeostasis functions as they should

              Oatmeal

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                Due to its low glycemic index (GI) value and the fact that it is processed minimally, oatmeal is actually an awesome source of carbohydrates. A low GI diet is beneficial for the following reasons:

                – It is high in fiber and micronutrients

                – It increases satiety

                – It reduces hunger

                – It also speeds up fat loss

                Whole Grains

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                  Whole grains help in a more efficient digestion process and provides more nutrients that the processed and refined grains [3]. Due to this, it promotes energy and the overall health of a human being. Brown rice particularly can help boost your growth hormone levels and that in turn can enhance muscle growth and fat loss.

                  Fruits and Vegetables

                    Although it might seem like fruits and vegetables seem to appear in every list that has to do with maintaining health, it is just because they’re so great. They are rich in antioxidants and provide a lot of other nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin E, etc. also, fruits and vegetables provide fibers which your body needs to help in proper digestion and intake of nutrients.

                    Healthy Fats

                      Although we have been generally taught not to consume fats and their mere mention in this list might make you question its authenticity. However, there are good fats which are essential for the growth of muscles. As a matter of fact, they play important roles in the production of hormones (especially testosterone and growth hormones) which help drive the growth of muscles and the gaining of strength. Also, fats are essential for the maintenance of certain bodily functions. Examples of good fats are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats,, which can be found in salmon, nuts, leafy vegetables, avocados, etc

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                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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