A man in good health is a man also good in spirit. One who values his life and treats his body right can bring this into other areas of his philosophy to live a fruitful existence. Though we may not all wish to be big as strong as Ronnie Coleman or even as lean and mean as Bruce Lee, the ideal of fitness can be in our minds as we develop different goals to become better men.
Lose fat, gain muscle; Get lean, get strong. Any gym going gentleman will tell you there’s always something you can build upon or expand in your routine and diet. They’ll also tell you to do your research and don’t just take someone’s word for it. Gym talk is one area that has a lot of bullshit floating around.
Many say that eating right is the hardest part of being fit. Below is a comprehensive grocery list for building muscle with healthy fats, proteins and good slow digesting carbohydrates to give you an all around rule of thumb to build from.
Meat & Protein
Lean Beef, Top Round Steak, Filet Mignon
Skinless/Boneless Chicket Breast Cutlets
Ground Turkey, Turkey Bacon
Cottage Cheese, Greek Yogurt
Eggs, Egg Whites
Salmon, Flounder, Tilapia, Tuna
Carbohydrates & Fiber
Fruits & Vegetables (Especially Green Veggies)
Sweet Potatoes, Yams
Whole Grain Pasta
Whole Grain Wheat Bread/Potato Bread
Healthy Fats & Oils
Olive Oil, Fish Oil
Flaxseeds, Flaxseed Oil
Almonds, Cashews, Pecans
Natural Peanut Butter
You can do a lot from this list. You can find many healthy recipes and variations on how to prepare meals that are fueling your body and helping you to grow muscle and lose fat. It is good to use spices and condiments but stay away from any that are saturated in high sodium or fat and sugar. Use them in moderation.
You stick to these foods for your primary source of nutrients then you are sure to see a difference in how you feel and how you perform.