Stock your kitchen with these foods to maximize your lean muscle gains.
1) Beef (from grass-fed cattle)
Beef is important for building lean muscle due to its protein content, cholesterol, zinc, B vitamins and iron content. Beef from grass-fed cattle have much higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than conventionally raised cattle, which gives you a boost in shedding bodyfat and building lean muscle.
Once outlawed by the nutrition police, forcing even the mightiest carnivore to consider trying tofu, beef is now back in fashion. Bodybuilders everywhere are trading in a skinless chicken breast or two for a nice, thick steak. And for good reason: Any way you slice it, beef packs some serious protein and other vital nutrients. But the buyer should still beware. Choose the right cut and you’ve got a high-octane muscle food; choose the wrong one and you could be sending your buff-to-blubber ratio in a downward spiral.