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Top 10 High Protein Foods That Are Ideal for People Who Want to Build More Muscle

Top 10 High Protein Foods That Are Ideal for People Who Want to Build More Muscle

Six packs are a dream many aspire to, such as those that are middle aged, some after a pregnancy, and others after over-indulging in food or an overload of beer, leaving a “beer belly” – not very aesthetically appealing.

Bellies keep on growing, then the search to fade away the flabby tummy begins with diet changes, diet pills, and gym sessions; but the extra belly fat that needs toning down seems so impossible. The stomach is usually a problem area for many.

What is the solution?

Whether you are an “apple” shape with too much belly fat, or a “pear” shape with wider thighs and hips, when it is time to build muscles or lose weight, get ready for a clean diet.

Sit-ups and lifting alone won’t help you reach those perked up muscle stages. That’s right – only if you consume the right foods is it possible to build muscles, and to retain and gain muscle strength without excessive training.

Are you ready to build muscle?

The secret is in nutrition.

Many tend to train so hard that they pay no attention to nutrition, so all the time and effort spent training is wasted. Success is sabotaged when people assume that nutrition is too complicated and avoid following proper diets with rich, clean, and complete protein!

Ignoring nutrition is not an option. Knowledge about nutrition will help you utilize it together with your fitness routine. This will help in maintaining the gain of muscle mass.

First, clean up your diet and participate in a cardio exercise to help shed excess fat. Begin by including regular muscle-building training exercises. This will help with toning all over. Whether you need to burn fat or build some mass, protein will help reap results much faster; it helps with muscle building and fat loss, as well as maintenance and repair.

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All about protein intake

Protein is made of amino acids that are muscle building blocks. For optimal muscle growth, the body needs a constant protein [1] supply every day. Amino acids in protein are vital for building, repairing and maintaining muscle tissue.

Protein consists of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. A sufficient protein amount will lead you to a good nitrogen balance. Reaching this stage, you build muscle.

The following foods are high in protein: fish, meat, cheese, yogurt, tofu, beans, milk, lentils, nuts, eggs, and seeds.

To get started, follow the top ten high protein foods to help with the mission of gaining strength and weighing up some muscle mass.

1. Lean Beef

    To gain muscle, very lean beef should be the staple. It is loaded with all that is needed for muscle growth; it includes iron, B vitamins, and zinc.

    Most importantly, it has a high protein quality with a high amino acid level that works with insulin in promoting muscle growth. Just 3 oz of a lean beef serving will provide the same amount of protein as 1.5 cups of beans at only half the calories, which is good news if you are trying to lose weight.

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    2. Skinless Chicken

      Like beef, chicken is a good source of protein; just 4 oz of grilled chicken [2] contains 36 grams of protein. This is crucial for muscle repair and maintenance, as well as bone health and maintenance of weight. As a plus, there are many ways to prepare chicken as well.

      3. Cottage Cheese

        Not many are aware that that cottage cheese is packed with Casein protein (14 grams per half a cup.[3] ) Casein is a protein slow in digesting, which makes it perfect for maintaining muscle. It is a good source of calcium, vitamin B12, and many other crucial nutrients.

        4. Eggs

          Eggs are sometimes insinuated to be harmful to health, but they are not. Eggs contain a high amount of protein, with 9 vital amino acids and chorine, the “right fat,” as well as vitamin D. A medium-sized egg [4] has 5.7 grams of protein.

          5. Whey Protein

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            Protein supplements are popular in fitness industries, as they provide a convenient protein source [5] at affordable prices. Bodybuilders use them on waking up and after workouts. One scoop contains between 9-30 grams of protein, depending on the type and brand – it’s best to read labels.

            Whey can also be mixed in meals. It is important to get high quality protein from foods and use whey protein to boost your protein intake.

            6. Fish

              Fish are low-fat, high-protein, and rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids. They contain between 19-36 grams of protein [6] depending on the type of fish. Omega-3’s aid in losing fat and ensure proper functioning of body processes like metabolism.

              7. Almonds

                Almonds are popular tree nuts. They are loaded with nutrients, including vitamin E, fiber, magnesium, and manganese. A total of ten almonds contains 2.5 grams of protein. [7]

                8. Broccoli

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                  Broccoli provides protein without fat. It is also a rich source of vitamin A, potassium folate, and vitamin C. Paired with foods missing any amino acids, broccoli is a healthy contribution to daily requirements of protein. One cup has 2.57 grams of protein.[8]

                  9. Quinoa

                    Quinoa has a high protein content, and with good reason. The seed is a complete protein, packed with all 9 amino acids that the body needs. The high-protein content makes it a perfect choice that is cholesterol-free and a low-fat source of protein for vegans and vegetarians. A cooked cup of quinoa has 8.14 grams of protein. [9]

                    10. Lentils

                      Protein is not the only nutritious benefit lentils contain. Half a cup of lentils has [10] approximately 9 grams of protein. They are packed with potassium, iron, zinc phosphorous, niacin, and folate. Lentils are high in soluble fiber, reducing or preventing high blood pressure.

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                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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