All of the rough and tough bodybuilding training in the world won’t make a difference if you don’t give your body the tools for recovery that it needs to grow some muscle. Let’s examine some of the best muscle protein sources for bodybuilding muscle size and strength gain.
The most commonly chewed protein by bodybuilders, all day long, is usually chicken. It can be prepared quickly in a number of ways, and plays well with just about every carb source. Low in fat and high in fairly quickly digestible protein, chicken has been and will continue to be the #1 choice among bodybuilders for delivering amino acids from protein to the muscle groups of the body.
The muscle quality protein delivered by beef is terrific – but its limitation arrives in terms of fat content. Some bodybuilders who spent years consuming 5 pounds of beef per day ended up with the best physiques on earth – and heart disease by their 40s. Beef can be used sparingly in lean cuts to deliver a very powerful muscle protein source. Stick with 1 to 2 servings per day, and opt for the lean steak cuts of hamburger every time The less fat in your beef serving, the better!
In recent year, the taste and quality of protein bars has increased tremendously. They used to be dry, ashy bars that required a great deal of chewing to get down. Today’s flavors are of higher quality protein, and come in delicious flavors such as cookies n crème, or peanut butter pretzel. They can be eaten at any time, quietly and privately, delivering 30+ grams of protein when needed. Be careful not to let your protein bars melt if stored in your vehicle. Also, be sure to consume plenty of fiber and drink a lot of water when eating protein bars. They can certainly stop up digestion when consumed too frequently.
It’s the king of breakfast foods for bodybuilders, and has been for many decades. A complete protein profile has made eggs probably the best muscle protein source. Preparing them and cleaning up the kitchen can certainly be a pain in the tail, however! When dining out, watch for restaurants that will stack up the price on a per-egg basis… nothing is worse than paying $25 for a 20 egg white omelet, right?
Following a workout or a long night’s sleep, whey protein is very often your best bet for a fast protein fix which will hit your bloodstream in no time at all. The protein is absorbed into the bloodstream in less than 30 minutes, and allows for a slower digesting protein to be consumed less than 30 minutes later. Whey protein works best during the day, but casein protein should be used at night. It is slower digesting, and will allow your body to enjoy a steady stream of amino acid goodness for the next eight hours. That can’t be beat!
Just about any bean, meat or other food source containing a moderate to high amount of protein can fit the bill when it comes to nailing down your nutritional needs and keeping your muscle fibers fueled and growing.