10 Foods To Aid Weight Loss and Boost Muscle Growth
When it comes to health and fitness, we all have similar goals - lose weight, build muscle and so on. What is it that stops us from achieving these goals?
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You can train as hard as you like, but if every aspect of your plan is not in effect you could be wasting your time with misplaced effort.
If you're putting the hours into your training and already following a clean diet, simply add a few of these amazing foods to your diet and you'll be well on your way to achieving your goals.
One of the main reasons people have difficulty achieving their goals is inconsistency in their diet. Some are on a diet for a few days, or weeks, then allow other foods to creep in, or they give up entirely. Forget the idea that you are "on a diet" because that implies that at some point in the future you will be off the diet. Instead, find a meal plan which works for you and make it your lifestyle. That way you'll find it easier to stick with.
With that said, here are some foods which will not only improve your health but will naturally boost muscle growth by increasing testosterone levels. They are all popular foods which most people are not using to their full potential, so give them a try and hopefully, you'll have a few extra foods you can add to your diet for a bit of extra variety. They will fuel you up with the best nutrients and fire your metabolism, aiding fat loss and building lean muscle faster.
Eggs have been long known for their main health benefits and should be one of the first foods in any well-balanced diet. All of the egg should be consumed as the yolk is rich in dietary cholesterol whilst the whites provides bio-active amino acids which help muscle growth and improves overall health.
Wild organic oats are rich in natural steroids like saponins and are known for their ability to boost testosterone and luteinizing hormone levels. They're scientifically proved to increase your testosterone levels because of this high saponin content. Make sure they are organic and unwashed and the processing removes the testosterone boosting saponins.
It seems Popeye was on to something with this one as spinach contains high amounts of phytoecdysteroids including ecdysterone and dehydroepiandrosterone which increases protein synthesis of cells by 20% and reduce protein degradation. Ecdysteroids are also considered to be the best kind of natural steroids found in plants. Spinach is also a natural nitrate so it can increase nitric oxide levels in the body which will improve blood flow, and it is also rich in vitamins and minerals.
Not a very popular vegetable, but it should be as celery is known to be brimming with two powerful natural steroids for muscle growth called androstenone and androstenol. In males, it also helps improve sexual health and sperm production. It is high in natural nitrates which widen blood vessels, improving blood flow and sending vital oxygen to your muscles. This has the effect of increasing your time to exhaustion.
Asparagus contains plant steroid ecdysteroids and steroidal saponins. It is also a rich source of Vitamin E which helps boost testosterone, as well as folic acid and potassium. Asparagus also has diuretic properties as it helps clear out excess water and is also a source of Vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc, not to mention it high in fibre.
Not just a delicacy, Oysters contain protein, magnesium, zinc and other vitamins. They are one of the richest natural sources of zinc. Optimal zinc levels will give a boost to testosterone levels.
Avocado is a well-known superfood. It is a rich source of vitamins, potassium, folic acid and cholesterol. Research by Penn State University has shown that avocado lowers LDL cholesterol and boosts testosterone levels. It also contains 35% more potassium than a banana and a good dose of fibre. The majority of calories come from the healthy fats which also contain oleic acid which helps lower bad cholesterol.
Similar to Spinach, Quinoa is also rich in ecdysteroids and steroid-like saponins known for their effects to increase testosterone and luteinizing hormone. Quinoa is also high in many different testosterone boosting vitamins and minerals as well as being gluten-free, which makes it a perfect substitute for grains. Be careful when preparing Quinoa as washing will remove the saponins.
Also known as fava beans, they are known for their ability to increase human growth hormone (HGH) and dopamine levels, both of which boost testosterone production. The reason behind this is due to the naturally high content of L-Dopa, a natural steroid and scientifically proven precursor for dopamine and growth hormone.
Potatoes are particularly high in potassium, a nutrient that most people don't get enough of and plays an important role in blood pressure control. They also contain an incredibly diverse range of nutrients, a little bit of almost everything we need. Eating white, boiled potatoes, you will also naturally feel full and eat less of other foods, so that will also help with weight loss.
Last updated on: Saturday 6th January 2018
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