In order to gain muscle you must consume enough calories for your muscles to grow. The food that you eat should provide for energy, repair and regeneration, along with triggering growth. The main problem most people have when trying to gain muscle is that they are simply not consuming enough calories and are therefore hindering their progress.
If you had a high performance car, would you fill it with dirty fuel? Of course you would not. So why fill your body with poor quality food like double cheese burgers and fries? In order to gain muscle and maximize potential growth your body needs high quality food, consisting of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.
Protein is needed to build muscle tissue and strength and to supply extra energy to the body during workouts. Protein can be consumed in the form of red meat, chicken, turkey, egg whites and fish. These protein sources are all easy for the body to digest and use and are all a necessary component in helping you to gain muscle.
Carbohydrates and good fats provide the body with both physical and mental energy needed when embarking on a strenuous workout program. The best sources of carbohydrate are rice, potatoes, beans, pasta, wholegrain cereals and a large variety of vegetables.
These carbohydrates all contain fiber and vitamins that the body needs for proper digestion. Not all carbohydrates however are created equally. Refined carbohydrates like bleached white flour products have lost much of their nutritional value, for example, pies, cakes and white bread all have large amounts of refined sugars and fats. These products, along with candy and fizzy drinks, should be limited as much as possible. Excessive refined sugars can be easily converted into fat and can easily hamper your attempts to gain muscle.
Excess fat should be removed from the food that you eat. Simply, trimming the fat off the cuts of red meat, removing the skin from poultry and separating the egg yolk from the egg will help to bring the amount of fat that you eat to a manageable level.
By eating good wholesome food using the examples that we have discussed your quest to gain muscle should be made easier. You may find it a little difficult at first to increase your calorie consumption but bear in mind that your body will find it easier to use these calories when they are eaten in 5 moderately sized meals rather than the traditional 3 square meals a day.
Just remember, I am not saying that you can never indulge in another slice of pizza ever again, just consume those foods that you love so much in moderation and remember, the better quality food that you consume, the better those biceps will look!