Believe it or not, proper nutrition is the most important factor for muscle growth to occur. Without proper nutrition, supplementation and hydration you will make little or no gains and find yourself very frustrated and most likely quit because you won’t be seeing any gains.
Proteins, composed of various amino acids are the actual building blocks of muscle tissue. Protein builds, repairs and maintains muscles in your body. There are 20 amino acids, and the human body naturally produces 12 of them, but the others, called “essential amino acids” can only be obtained through food. Over excessive protein intake has a harmful effect on both the kidney’s and liver and makes the human body burn valuable protein for energy. Keep protein consumption to the ideal amount depending on your body weight because there is no need to over-do it.
Whey Protein – Derived from milk, this protein is by far the best source available. This protein is absorbed the fastest and most efficiently. Found in powder form and mixed with milk or water, it can be found in supplement/health food stores.
Egg Protein – Before whey was marketed, the old fashioned egg was the leading source of protein. You can also buy egg protein in powder form. The yolks can be harmful if you have some diagnosed decease that request blood control for you if too many are eaten, therefore it is recommended carefully consuming too much eggs.
Milk Protein – This protein is a very convenient source as well, and can be added to whey shakes to get some slow developing protein also. Casein supplements are also made in powder form.
Meat Protein – Beef, tuna and chicken all have excellent sources of protein. Also, meats contain creatine, a naturally made compound that produces energy for muscles through the bloodstream, than is converted into phosphocreatine which supplies muscles with ATP (in other words, energy to help your workout, we will discuss this in more detail later).