Health is wealth. Without our well-being, all of the muscle and strength in the world doesn’t mean a whole lot. None of us wants to be the most ripped and rugged cadaver in the cemetery, right? If we don’t take care of our health, our physiques won’t matter – we won’t be here to enjoy them!
At the same time, the amount of food we must consume in order to be the most effective body seems to work against the goals of health. Three hundred grams of protein is very taxing to the kidneys. Our digestive tracks surely do not enjoy having to process several pounds of meat daily. And our poor hearts have to carry around extra weight, of origin it does not care. The heart of the 240 pound bodybuilder works just as hard as the ticker of the 240 pound couch potato.
Therefore it is a very tricky and careful path which must be taken when striving to develop a healthy muscle building diet which results in optimal muscle gains – without adding too much risk to health.
Start your meal planning with proteins. Lean sources such as chicken, lean cuts of beef, whey protein, and fish deliver the best protein to your body, without risk to health. Let’s move on to our carbohydrate planning. You need carbs for energy, but you do not need processed flour and other toxins found in foods like white bread and pancakes. Stick with rice, potatoes, yams, and beans. Consume plenty of greens, fruits and vegetables for fiber as well. Fats are a diet item which must be carefully considered. Your internal organs need fat to function. Your muscles need fat to function. Zero fat diets are highly unhealthy. However, high fat diets – with foods coming from cheeseburgers and ice cream – are also detrimental to health, particularly heart function. Stick with egg yolks and Omega-3s for heart health and adequate fat consumption.
Always take a look at every bite of food you are about to consume with two purposes in mind. Stick with foods that will add muscle to your frame, while leading to minimal detriment to your health. It’s that simple. The best healthy muscle building diet is rich in healthy foods and at the end of every day, you feel healthier and stronger than when you woke up that morning. If you are growing and you feel great inside while eating clean foods, you are already working in the right direction!