When looking to gain muscle mass one of the most important factors that skinny guys and girls need to get right is following a solid diet and nutrition plan. In fact, most “skinny hardgainers” struggle to build muscle for that very fact…they just don’t get their eating habits right, or else they just don’t feel it’s important enough to worry about.
Let me tell you that following a quality hardgainer diet plan is absolutely essential for building muscle…without it your muscles will crave the fuel they need to repair and grow.
Unfortunately, knowing what to eat and how to plan your meals causes many folks a LOT of hassle and frustration. So here I’m going to show you 5 top muscle building foods that you should include in your hardgainer diet and get you on the road to success.
5 Muscle Building Foods For A Hardgainer Diet
Oatmeal really is a superfood and a fantastic muscle builder that should be an integral part of any hardgainer diet plan. A complex carbohydrate, oatmeal’s slow-release energy will keep your metabolic rate level and prevent your blood sugar levels changing dramatically. It’s a great way to start the day…and you can add a scoop of protein powder to it to give yourself some extra protein and calories.
Another bodybuilder favourite, eggs (predominantly the egg white) are a fantastic source of natural protein and animo acids that are easily absorbed by the body. For this reason, a number of protein powders are based on egg proteins. Average amount of protein per egg is anywhere between 6-10 grams depending on the size.
Avoiding eating too many egg yolks as this is where the saturated fat content lies and can increase your cholesterol.
3. Nuts and Nut Butters
Nuts sometimes get a bad rep among the media and general public because of their “high fat” content. However, as a skinny hardgainer you should look to include them as a part of your hardgainer diet plan, since they are around 20% protein and a great source of carbs and fats, making them great energy boosters, and easy pre or post-workout snacks.
A firm favourite on any muscle building menu, tuna is great source of protein as well as essential fatty acids (EFAs), primarily Omega 3. This will ensure great overall health as well as aid your body’s ability to repair and grow muscle.
5. Lean Red Meat
White meats like chicken and turkey tend to feature heavily on most bodybuilding diets, but you should also include lean read meats like beef steaks and venison. While red meats have a higher fat content than white meat, some studies have actually shown them to be better than white meats for gaining mass.