Nutrition

Top 5 Lean Muscle-building Foods

6th December 2017

By MACROS | Published on December 6, 2017


It’s easy to think that your diet mainly revolves around chicken breast when you start on a hardcore get-lean regime. Fortunately, you don’t need need to limit yourself to such an extent.

We’ve rounded up five of the top lean muscle-building foods to help you add some variety into your diet and rediscover interest in your nutrition plan once more.

 

1. Grass-fed beef

If you change your beef from corn-fed cattle to that of the grass-fed variety it won’t take long before you’re reaping the rewards. That’s because it has much higher levels of conjugated linoleum acid (CLA), which gives you a boost in shedding body fat and building lean muscle.

 

2. Beetroot

A good source of betaine, the purple nutrient not only enhances liver and joint repair, it has also been shown in clinical research to increase muscle strength and power. Plus, it will also provide a nitric oxide boost which can enhance energy and aid recovery.

 

– RELATED: The Muscle Building Seven Day Eating Plan

 

3. Brown rice

This is a slow-digesting whole-grain that provides you longer-lasting energy throughout the day, and during workouts. Brown rice can also boost your growth hormone (GH) levels, which are critical for encouraging lean muscle growth, fat loss and strength gains.

 

4. Cantaloupe

Due to its relatively low fructose content, this melon is one of the few fruits that’s actually a fast-digesting carb. That makes eating it a great way to start the day after a long night of fasting while asleep. It’s also one of the most ideal fruits to eat following a workout.

 

5. Cottage cheese

Rich in casein protein, cottage cheese, especially the organic variety, is a great go-to protein source, particularly before bed. Casein protein is the slowest digesting protein you can eat, meaning it’ll continue to feed your muscles even when you’re in the land of nod.