The foods you consume become the building blocks of your success. If you want great results, you need to be consuming GREAT food… and PLENTY of it! But don’t be scared by those two big words; you can hit your goals and fill your cupboards to the brim with muscle building protein without having to be on first name terms with the bank manager.
Building and strengthening the body to any great degree, for whatever reason, is a full-time commitment. There are no half measures here! If you want to reach your full potential and keep on pushing, you have to dedicate virtually every second of your spare time to the cause. You have to love the iron. There are no two ways about it. You have to love what you do, or you’re setting yourself up for one of two options… failure… or insanity!
As everyone is aware, diet is as important as training. If you want to pack on muscle and build a great physique, you need top quality nutrition to provide your body with the building blocks for optimum development.
This can be a full-time job in itself!
It can feel like life is just a never-ending cycle of shopping, preparing food, eating, and checking the clock for the next feed time! And all of this healthy consumption costs money. Those thousands of calories can eat into your bank account and leave you with a worn out wallet.
But, does it have to be like this??
Yeah, you saw it coming… no, it does not.
Eating a super-sized, healthy, optimized, anabolic diet does not HAVE to break the bank. Many of the staple ingredients are the cheapest and most basic items you find on the supermarket shelves. Pasta… rice… potatoes… root vegetables… fruit… water…
“But what about protein?!” You scream… well, protein doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Let’s take a look at some excellent protein sources that won’t leave you crying into your shopping trolley…
Milk is the first and most important food for just about every single mammal on the face of this planet.
Milk is the ultimate growth inducer; in fact, that’s its job!
The white stuff is also one of the most nutritious substances known to man.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock all your life, you’ll know that milk is also seriously cheap. 100ml of semi-skimmed milk contains around 50 kcals, and most importantly, approximately 3.6 grams of superbly bioavailable protein. Add in all of the vitamins and minerals found in every drop, and you see milk isn’t just a great source of protein, it’s an absolute superfood!
Big, complex, fat-containing foods like milk support healthy testosterone production. The more test you have coursing through your bloodstream, the higher your body’s natural anabolic potential. Adding in Sheer Alpha+, the super potent, platinum testosterone booster from Sheer Strength Labs, sends your test levels soaring. Jammed with scientifically proven ingredients, Sheer Alpha+ provides you with extra strength, vitality, and better sleep, as well as pushing your results to the next level.
Oily fish are packed with more muscle building nutrients than you can shake a… net at.
While they may not be to everybody’s taste, sardines and other similar canned fish can be picked up for next to nothing. Throw two tins of these former ocean dwellers on a plate with some couscous and salad, and you’ve got an excellent, super healthy meal prepared in minutes, with very little cleaning up needed.
100 grams of sardines contains around 25 grams of superb protein, along with masses of vitamins and minerals. You also get over 200 kcals for your efforts, due to the high fat content. But these fats are among the healthiest you can eat. Fish oils are great for the joints, boost the metabolism, and even help to lower levels of bad fats in the blood.
Having plenty of storage space can be a great asset in lowering the cost of your diet. Buying in bulk can significantly cut costs. Also, be sure to take advantage of the big offers at the store by stocking up your supplies. Freezing bargain meats will save you the most money. Cut large pieces into portions and freeze them in separate bags.
Nuts are crammed with protein. They are one of the best non-animal sources in the world. Why not save on all that pesky chewing by chowing down on some tasty peanut butter? Just shove a big spoon in and munch away for a great snack, packed with protein, and filled with energy.
Always check the label as many butters are filled with unwanted nasties, including masses of salt. In reality, all peanut butter needs to contain is peanuts and a little oil to aid the consistency.
100 grams contains 25 grams of protein, the same as sardines, but peanut butter packs triple the caloric punch. This is due to the massive fat content, but again, don’t worry, we’re dealing with healthy fats.
Healthy fats, such as those found in nuts and oily fish, help naturally lower the levels of bad, unhealthy fats in your bloodstream. Good fats also raise your metabolism, keeping you lean, and even burning excess body fat. To accelerate this fat burning, add a fat burner to your supplement stack. Sheer Shred contains a powerful mix of ingredients that will tune up your metabolism, causing you to burn more calories, even at rest, without any unwanted jitters.
Weren’t expecting to see this on the list, were you?
Now, the prime, juicy, tender cuts of meat are expensive… so don’t go buying them!
You’ve seen the cheap cuts of beef sat on the bottom shelf? The cuts that are barely edible? Well grab those bargains and cook them slowly. Even the toughest steak will turn into mouth-watering beauty when submerged in a thick vegetable stew and subjected to two or three hours of slow cooking.
Other cuts like liver are packed with nutrients and cost cents. Mix it up. Pay your butcher a visit and see what bulk, cheap cuts of lean meat he can do you for a good price. As mentioned before, freeze meat into portions.
Baked beans get a bad rap!
This is probably because they are generally seen on a plate next to some foodstuffs that really don’t have any place in a bodybuilder’s diet.
A tin of baked beans will provide you with around 350 nutrient packed calories, including plenty of complex carbs, and most importantly, about 20-25 grams of protein.
Beans are also extremely high in fiber (yes, that’s the reason for you know what) and are full to the brim with vitamins and minerals, such as iron. Just be aware that some brands are filled with salt and other nasties. Always check the label.
Picture it now… a few potatoes… a tin of tuna… baked beans… that’s over 50 grams of protein right there, in a healthy, tasty, nutritious, muscle building meal.
Consuming a little protein about 45 minutes before you workout helps prime the body for anabolism, and provide amino acids for energy, helping prevent muscle breakdown. There are three amino acids in particular that are vital for preventing catabolism. These are leucine, isoleucine, and valine, the BCAA’s. Luckily for you, Sheer Strength Labs have blended the optimum ratio of these three amino acids for you. Taking Sheer BCAA before and during your workouts helps build new muscle, and hold onto those hard earned gains.
It just had to make the list.
Protein powder is probably the cheapest and easiest way to get your protein fix and hit your dietary targets.
Nevermind all the crazy gimmicks thrown at you about extortionately priced ‘gold-dust’. If you want to keep the costs down, you need to buy in bulk.
Bulk protein comes in 5kg pouches, and sometimes even bigger. Flavored powders often cost more and have a lower protein content. So buy unflavored and add your own favorite flavors to the mix!
Slow release proteins like casein are great for night- time nutrition, helping to keep your muscles fuelled for the fasting hours ahead. These powders can cost a lot more than your standard whey, so what are you going to do if the budget is tight? You’re going to add some milk to your late night shake.
Not only does milk contain casein, but the fats and other complex nutrients will naturally slow absorption, leading to a more prolonged digestion process.