Are you having trouble trying to bulk up? It took me about two years before I realized what I was doing wrong. The main mistake I kept making was not eating the right foods. I never had a problem keeping up with lifting weights, with one exception. As hard as I tried, it always took me a long time to bulk up.
Over the past few months, I’ve been more serious with bulking up than ever before. As a result of many grocery trips, I’ve put together a list of foods that will bulking up much easier.
What Makes These Foods Great for Bulking?
I chose these foods because they are high in both calories and protein. One problem I have with many bulking lists is the focus solely on protein. Do you know what foods many weight loss diets include? Foods that are high in protein.
You can’t bulk up quickly without eating foods that are high in calories.
1. Red Meat
I try to focus on bulking foods that give me a lot of preparation options. There are many types of red meat including, ground beef, roast, and steak. During a bulking cycle, I know I will be eating a lot of red meat.
If you’re on a budget, I highly recommend purchasing ground beef. My local supermarket always has ground beef cheaper per pound than other red meats. Your options are endless with ground beef. You can make your own bulking chili and add any ingredients you want.
Homemade hamburgers are some of my favorite bulking meals.
If you are having trouble bulking, I highly suggest you get some granola. You can find granola made in many flavor varieties including peanut butter, oats & honey, and many other flavors.
Granola is a great bulking food because you can eat it on the go. Granola comes in full sized bars, mini bites, or eaten straight out of the bag.
3. Peanut Butter
I have loved peanut butter as long as I can remember. Do you ever wonder what kind of weirdo purchases the biggest peanut butter container a store offers? I am that weirdo and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Peanut butter isn’t a food that can be eaten quickly. However, this food is both high in calories and protein.
If you don’t want to gain a lot of fat during a bulk, it’s best to go easy on peanut butter. I’ve ended up meeting calorie goals on those long days with the help of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
It’s wise to ensure you are taking note of what you’re drinking during the day. Many people live by two beverages: soda and coffee. I have to admit that I love both soda and coffee but they don’t work well to help bulk you up. Many coffees and sodas contain caffeine which actually reduces your appetite.
I prefer drinking milk during a bulk because it provides calories and protein. If you don’t like the taste of milk, you can add flavored syrups and powders to take away the milk taste. You will add extra sugar and carbs with syrup but it’s better than skipping another meal!
In closing, there are four foods to help you bulk up faster. An essential part of any bulking diet will be regularly training. A major part of bulking up is eating enough calories during the day. It’s important to balance eating enough with watching protein intake. It’s recommended that you aim for a half gram or full gram of protein per body weight.