Looking to pack on a few pounds of lean muscle mass? If so, you need to make sure that you are eating sufficient levels of carbohydrates in your diet plan. Lack of carbohydrates is one of the biggest reasons you may not be seeing muscle building success, so it’s important that you get this in order.
Remember, while protein may provide the building blocks your body uses to build new muscle mass, it’s carbohydrates that provide the energy to use those building blocks to assemble the muscle. Without that, you won’t see results.
So which are best for lean muscle mass gains?
Here is your line-up.
Few things are as calorie dense as raw oatmeal is. This is a very complex carbohydrate, contains no sugar, packs in some dietary fiber, and can easily be eaten in a few quick seconds.
Simply pour some milk over a bowl of raw oatmeal, stir in some nut butter and top with a few berries. You’ll have a delicious and very nutritious breakfast ready to go.
Brown rice should also be a staple in your muscle building diet plan. This one is great as it’s easy to prepare and can be used in so many different ways. It’s also relatively calorie dense, providing around 100 calories per half a cup cooked.
Keep some prepared brown rice on hand at all times.
Whole Wheat Pasta
Moving along, don’t overlook whole wheat pasta. Unless you are sensitive to gluten, whole wheat pasta is great for building lean muscle mass.
It’ll help keep your body energy, providing a dense source of carbs, and is also highly versatile as well. Just be sure that you avoid slathering it in creamy sauces. Keep them tomato based to keep the saturated fat content down.
Dried fruit is another good option to eat regularly. Dried fruit is far more calorie dense than fresh fruit is, so it’s an easier way to meet your daily intake goals.
Try dried apricots, dried cranberries, or dried blueberries. Raisins are also perfect.
Moving along, beans are another fantastic source of complex carbohydrates that will fuel your workouts well. They are loaded with potassium, which is also important for regular muscular contractions as you go about each rep that you do.
Finally, beans also provide a good dose of protein, so will work well to help you meet your daily requirements.
Finally, add in a few bananas each day. They’re fast, easy, and highly versatile. Smear some nut butter over them for a quick snack or add them into a protein smoothie.
They also work perfect for a pre or post workout snack due to their combination of both starch as well as sugars for carbs.
So have a good look at your current diet plan. Does it contain these carbs? If not, take some time to get them into the picture for optimal results.