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How to Eat Protein to Build Muscle for Bodybuilding

Learn about eating protein to build muscle from DreamBodies' Tony DiCostanzo in this Howcast bodybuilding diet video.


Eating protein for muscle is probably one of the most important things in anyone's program if they're trying to put on lean tissue in the form of muscle. you can have the hardest workouts in the world. You can train harder and longer than anybody else. You can have maybe the best trainer or coach in the world, but without enough protein in your body all those workouts will be wasted.

Your muscle tissue is made up of 70 percent water and about 30 percent protein. So protein is absolutely mandatory for growing muscle tissue and keeping your body anabolic. I would say good sources of protein would be beef, turkey, chicken, fish, eggs.

The way you prepare could also help to kind of break up the monotony of just trying to eat. Because eating clean day in and day out can be a little bit monotonous on the taste buds. So you want to make sure that you're maybe grilling the chicken, barbecuing the chicken can be a good way. Use lean breasts, if possible.

With beef, same thing, lean cut, sirloin rather than going with a rib eye or something like that that's going to be much higher in fat. you want to keep your sauces of your protein lean. Egg whites, as well, egg white omelets are a good source of protein.

I think it's important to remember that you can train as long and as hard as you want. You can buy the latest, great pills and potions, but without getting enough protein in your diet every single day, no matter how hard you train, no matter how long you train, you're just not going to make new muscle. So make sure that you're getting the protein that your body requires every day.

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