Muscle Building – Forgotten Muscle Building Food
Every bodybuilder knows that diet is the most important facet of muscle building. The workout you do in the gym accounts for only 50% of the reason why anyone will build muscle. The other 50% is reliant on diet. Diet, however, is more difficult to follow and to adhere to compared to workouts. This can be attributed to the fact that commercialized foods with artificial ingredients are making their way into the markets and into our stomachs.
Bodybuilders know that the core diet of anyone who’s looking to build muscle should include food items like meat, seafood, poultry, fruits, and vegetables. However, there are other forgotten food items that are considered to be the BOSS of building muscle. Let’s take a look at the following food items that bodybuilders from the early 20th century ate:
1. ) Full fat grass-fed dairy – Milk coming from grass-fed cows are much healthier and more potent in terms of nutrients. This is because that the cows are allowed to eat what they are supposed to eat, which leads to a more superior quality of milk. The milk from grass-fed cows would contain higher amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin K (in the form of Vitamin K2), Omega-3’s, and CLA. Grass-fed cows produce milk with 500% more CLA than conventionally-fed cows.
2. ) Whole milk – Today, you see a lot of dairy products from non-fat to low-fat to skim milk, or a combination of all these. Whole milk was a staple food item for old school bodybuilders and was helpful for men who wanted more mass. Whole milk gives you access to easily consumed calories, a nice blend of whey, casein, and electrolytes, and other vitamins like calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
3. ) Full fat cheese (cheddar and cottage, etc. ) – Looking to consume calories? Full fat cheese like cottage and cheddar cheese can do just that. Cheddar cheese is one of the best sources of Vitamin K2 due to the fermentation process, as well as adequate amounts of protein and fat without the carbs. Full fat cottage cheese are also good sources of protein and more calorie-dense.
4. ) Tuna and whole chicken – Two staple food items of bodybuilders from days gone by are tuna and chicken. Bodybuilders would consume a whole chicken because of its price per calorie, which basically means that they are relatively cheaper than skinless and boneless chicken. Tuna, on the other hand, contains more Omega-3s per 1 gram per can (depending on the type) and is also a good protein source.
Before you heed the words of any fitness instructor, take the time to recognize the food items that old school bodybuilders used to eat. There was probably a reason back then as to why they ate all these food items and more.