There are few things more satisfying than watching your body become stronger, more capable, and more beautiful in front of your eyes. This is especially true if the exercise that caused this change feels great and improves your health across every measure; from reduced depression to clearer skin to better sleep.
Yet, while you experience this rush and excitement, it’s common to look around for ways to make a good thing even better by bringing faster results
If you find yourself in this position, know that plenty of supplement manufacturers and retailers are ready and waiting to cash in on your enthusiasm. However, be aware that their products don’t always fulfill the promises they advertise. Sometimes supplements bring no results at all, and in other cases can actually damage your health and set your progress back. When it comes to muscle building supplements, become informed and read labels carefully. If you have questions, get your answers from a nutritionist or health counselor, not from a product package or advertisement.
Meanwhile, natural muscle building foods can make a world of difference to your workout progress. Keep a few simple rules in mind, starting with these:
- Green vegetables and whole grain carbohydrates should form the foundation of your diet. Reach for steel cut oatmeal, brown or wild rice, quinoa, and plenty of colorful vegetables and fruits.
- Choose healthy protein sources. If you eat meat, that means pasture-raised and grass-fed. Fish should always be wild caught and eggs from free-range chickens. Beans, nuts, and legumes are superb sources of protein and vital nutrients that your body craves to sustained energy, brain power, and more.
- If you see high fructose corn syrup on the label, put it down and walk away! Eliminate soda, and limit your intake of white sugar, soda, alcohol, and caffeine. Research natural sweeteners that have a gentler affect or, in some cases, no effect on your blood sugar like stevia, maple syrup, agave, and others. When it comes to beverages, WATER is your best friend, especially if you consume a high protein diet.