The Classic Muscle Building Foods

If you watch any old movie where there is a character preparing for a wrestling match or a weight lifting contest, you will no doubt see him consuming the classic muscle building foods.  These foods are not just fantasy.  Foods like egg whites, milk, and beef really are high in proteins, and proteins are the building blocks of muscles. 

Therefore, if you want to get buff like Rocky or Arnold Schwarzenegger, you might actually want to adopt their celluloid diets.  The classic muscle building foods really can help you build muscle.

Don’t Forget Exercise

Of course, you will have to do more than sit and watch Rocky and the Terminator if you really want to build muscle.  You are also going to have to work at it.  You will need to go for runs and lift weights and really work to get strong—just like in those montage sequences in the films, as a matter of fact.  The thing about protein is that your body can only take so much of it in; if you go over a certain amount your body stops digesting them. 

What you need to do is work off these proteins, converting them to muscle so that your body is ready for more.

The Classics

So here they are, the top classic muscle building foods:

  1. Milk:  Yes, that’s right.  As far as liquids go, milk is perhaps the best bang for your buck.  It’s nothing compared to many of the other foods on this list but it is certainly a good compliment to them.  So at your next meal, instead of reaching of a soda, just poor yourself a nice cool glass of the white stuff.
  2. Egg White: If you remember anything from those movies, it’s the guy straining out a glass of egg whites and then downing it with revulsion.  That really is one of the most direct ways of getting protein.  Egg white is 79% protein.  It’s hard to beat that.  (Soy protein beats it at close to 81%; but no one would consider that a classic.)
  3. Red Meat: That’s not just a cliché either.  Beef is what is for dinner if you want to build muscle.  Although not all red meats were born equally.  Porterhouse steak is perhaps the highest in protein at over 40% protein, whereas corned beef is just under 20%.  Too much red meat can also be bad for you in other ways, like for your heart and circulation.
  4. Vegetables: You know how your mother always told you to eat your veggies?  Well, she was right.  Vegetables really can make you strong. Vegetables not only deliver a good wallop of protein, they are also much better for your heart and overall health.  Of vegetables, believe or not, nori (a type of seaweed) is actually one of the most protein rich foods you can eat.

Other Classic Body Builders

You may think that you remember seeing movie characters eating lots of spaghetti.  In fact, that is more for the carbs than for protein, however.  You will also remember that character was actually preparing for bike race or for a run.  This is wholly different kind of preparation.

What about spinach?  Was Popeye right?  Will spinach buff you up so that you can take on Brutus without any difficulty?  No.  Turns out it only has about 2% protein.  In fact, the reason Popeye was supposed to get such a boost from spinach was not because of the protein, but because of the iron.  In the end, however, it turned out to have been a mistake—a German scientist placed a decimal point in the wrong place making people think that spinach actually had ten times the iron than it actually does. 


The final consideration is allergies.  Because each type of protein has a slightly different chemical structure, our immune system will sometimes see certain types of protein as allergens.  So be careful when you are trying any of these foods.  Peanuts and milk for example can both cause allergies.