What to eat to build muscles and shred fat

 

To build that #instafit body, focus on a diet that’s abundant in lean proteins as those help build muscles while shredding body fat. To cut right to the chase … load up on antioxidants and nutrients by eating fruits, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates. Choose whole grains, avoid refined sugars (including alcohol), and say no to deep-fried stuff. These 6 foods make the cut so add them to your shopping cart first!

 

All-round egg-cellence

Eggs are often hailed as the complete protein because they contain all 9 essential amino acids that the body needs to build protein with. The whites are fat-free while the yolks contain about 5gm of fat, and they’re packed with important vitamins and minerals. Another reason we love eggs is that they’re easy to cook and so versatile! 

 

A butter you’ll go nuts for

We love the occasional PBJ but it’s almond butter that’s high on our list because it has a better ratio of protein to fat, about half as sweet, and contains twice the amount of fibre. Make sure that jar of almond butter you grab off the supermarket shelf has no added sugar (hint: always read food labels!) or better yet, make your own. Just blitz almonds in a blender or food processor until it reaches that smooth, paste-like consistency. #buzzbuzz

 

Hot chicks

Love your grains and can’t go a day without eating rice? Try replacing one rice dish each day with chickpeas instead. They’re ideal for shredding while fulfilling your macronutrients as one cup of chickpeas contain roughly 45gm of slow-release carbs and 12g of fibre.

 

Lean, mean, milking machine

Besides essential amino acids, beef is a great source of B vitamins and creatine, a substance that occurs naturally and helps muscles produce energy when you’re lifting and during high-intensity workouts. Creatine is one of the keys to increasing muscle mass, strength, and overall performance. So go on, treat yourself to a steak night. 

 

Bean there, done that

Beans are a great source of both proteins and complex carbohydrates, while supplying about 15gm of fibre per cup. With the huge variety of beans available, you won’t run out of ideas on how to cook or eat them.

 

Feeling seedy

Tiny as they may be, chia seeds are chockful of goodness, easily beating out a variety of other foods when it comes to providing the body with essential nutrients like protein, antioxidants, fibre, iron, and calcium. That’s everything a bodybuilder wants and needs to let those muscles rip.