You should already know how important the amount of calories you eat are, now I want to talk about where those calories are coming from and give you a bodybuilding food list that you can print out and take with you to the grocery store the next time you go food shopping.
P.S – If you don’t know how much you should be eating, see my bodybuilding macros page.
You need to make sure you’re consuming high quality sources of protein, carbohydrates and fat to meet your daily macro nutrient needs.
If your daily maintenance calories are 2,500 you’re going to see different results if you consume 2,500 calories worth of twinkies than you would if you ate 2,500 calories worth of bodybuilder food like lean sources of meat and complex carbohydrates.
So without further ado, here is your bodybuilding food list:
Bodybuilder Protein Sources:
My basic rule for protein is to avoid high fat sources of protein when possible and mainly aim to consume lean sources of protein. Below you will find a list of my favorite and highest recommended protein sources.
- Skinless Chicken Breast
- Ground Turkey
- Lean Ground Beef
- Cottage Cheese
Bodybuilder Carbohydrate Sources:
My basic rule for carbohydrates is to avoid white sources of carbs. Another tip that has helped me get lean is to taper my carbohydrate intake, meaning I take eat the most amount of carbs in the morning and as the day goes on I consume less and less carbs. Breakfast and preworkout are probably my highest carb meals. See the bodybuilding food list below for my highest recommended sources of carbs.
- Brown Rice
- Whole Wheat Bread
Bodybuilder Fat Sources:
Fat isn’t bad for you if it’s coming from the right places. In fact, there are even healthy fats that every bodybuilder should be consuming. See the list below and make sure these sources of fat are in your daily diet.
- Olive Oil
- Fish Oil
- Natural Peanut Butter
If you still feel like you’re not getting enough protein in your diet, you should definitely supplement your diet with a whey protein shake.
Now you’ve got everything you need to print off your bodybuilding food list and head to the grocery store to stock up on muscle building, fat burning food.