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What is a cost-effective diet plan for bodybuilding?

For someone looking to get into body building, the cost of a special diet to help build muscles can higher than the cost of joining a gym. Well, if you have an unreasonable idea of how much protein you need and you’re committed to getting it from high end foods like steak, you will be watching your money go.  But there are ways to limite the damage to your walled while furnishing your body with everything it needs to build muscle.

First, let’s keep in mind that endlessly throwing protein into your body is foolish. The body simply cannot store protein as it can fat and carbohydrates. In fact, the body will excrete a good deal of protein through the urine. If you down too much protein, you will be putting a considerable strain on your kidneys.

Second, you need to realize how ads for shakes and protein powders exaggerate the body’s need for protein. Of course, an aspiring bodybuilder needs more protein than a dedicated couch potato. But even serious pumping iron only need 1.7-1.8 grams per kilogram of body weight.  This is also good news for anyone concerned about the cost of a body building diet since high protein items such as red meat are so put a dent in the wallet.

Remember that you need something like one gram of protein per pound of body weight.  Do not exceed that. On those days you’re not in the gym, certainly cut down on the protein you consume. You’ll need protein to feed your muscles as they rebuild, but you don’t have to ply yourself with red meat every day.  The body won’t use everything gram of protein thrown at it, and you’ll be giving your kidneys more to do than they should.  Of course, lowering your protein intake on off-days will also ease the strain on your budget.

Moving along in your cost effective diet, let’s look at carbohydrates. Pasta and rice won’t overtax your budget. When combined with legumes, you’ll get a complete protein meal. Speaking of complex carbohydrates, try eating some grains you might not even be able to identify if they were slapped down on the table. Barley and spelt are good sources and quite delicious when served with well seasoned beans.

When was the last time you ate oatmeal for breakfast? Try some in the morning with a banana or a peach sliced into it. It’s an inexpensive and effective way of getting good carbs.

Vegatarian favorite protein such as the foods just discussed tend to be inexpensive. If you’re ultra concerned with saving money you might even consider buying whole beans and grains. You buy them dry and then soak them in a container at home. Once they’re properly soaked, you can cook them.

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