Muscle Building Vegetables – Why You Need Them For Muscle Growth
While there is much talk about the role of protein in muscle building and all the various sources for it, from meat to fish to eggs to protein supplements, there is not much talk about the role of vegetables in a muscle building routine and meal plan.
We all know veggies are good for us, whether we like them or not, but can they really help us gain lean muscle mass?
Below I’ve expounded the virtues of muscle building vegetables and how they can benefit you in your health goals.
Essential For A Balanced Diet
Everyone talks about a balanced diet for healthy living, but to a bodybuilder it is even more important. A balanced diet is the best way to ensure good muscle growth, protein synthesis and minimal fat gain and vegetables will help you do that. So don’t put all your focus on protein…start looking at veggies as an essential addition to your hardgainer diet.
High In Fibre
Vegetables are fantastic sources of fibre which aids the digestive system, and keeps you regular. Don’t overlook this fact – when you’re on a bulking diet you are putting pressure on your digestive system, so anything that can help balance this out is a smart idea.
While they are not big muscle builders in themselves, due to their low protein content, vegetables do help break down protein to be more easily absorbed by the muscles. This makes your body much more effective at utilising the extra protein you are taking on.
Low In Calories
They are low in calories but have a high water density which makes you feel full quicker.
“But aren’t we supposed to be getting MORE calories on a bulking diet?”
Yes, but what this means is that you can eat a lot of them without the danger of overeating on your muscle building diet plan and ending up fat.
Also, their high nutrient density makes them ideal for controlling hormone production and balancing your metabolism – another essential muscle building ingredient.
Great Sources Of Vitamins
Vegetables are fantastic sources of vitamins E and A, which are great anti-oxidants and help boost your immune system. There is nothing more frustrating than getting sick while trying to build muscle, and end up breaking your routine and losing your momentum.
They Can Help To Reduce Belly Fat
Due to high pollution levels and the use of chemicals in everyday products are bodies are constantly bombarded by xenoestrogens. These nasties are bad for both men AND women, and can cause extra fat and water retention, making lean muscle building all the more difficult.
However, there are some vegetables that can fight the effects of these xenoestrogens and keep your body in great shape. Veggies like broccoli, cabbage and brussels sprouts, that are known collectively as cruciferous vegetables, contain phytonutrients such as indole-3-carbinol which reduce the effect of the xenoestrogens. A vegetable like asparagus will have a slight diuretic effect which can help reduce water retention, and is therefore a staple on most bodybuilders’ diets…especially pre-competition.
So you see that vegetables, while low in protein, are integral to any balanced bodybuilding meal plan, and can help to accelerate your muscle growth. However…
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