Creating the perfect bodybuilding diet can be a challenge, but once you understand how to use food to compliment and properly fuel your workouts, you will be one step closer to that goal body you have in mind! Whether you are prepping for a bodybuilding competition, training for a particular athletic event, or you simply want to learn to eat like the bodybuilder you are, I’m here to help you shed the extra fat and reveal those muscles you’ve been training so hard!
This is the exact meal plan that I created for myself that I follow when I need to cut for an event, or give myself a jump-start back into healthy eating if I’ve gone a little off course from my goals. Which, let’s face it, happens to all of us from time to time. No sweat! Well, maybe a little sweat
I’ve split in into five meals per day, so schedule your meals based on how long your day is and when you need to get in your workouts. I’ll talk more about timing of food and workouts in another article soon!
Here is your Bodybuilding Meal Plan:
16 ounces chilled water with lemon
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar diluted with 1 cup water
1/2 sweet potato with cinnamon and 1 tsp cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil (in place of butter)
1 egg, boiled or cooked in coconut oil
1 cup spinach or kale, sautéed in coconut oil or grape seed oil
Coffee with unsweetened almond milk, no sweetener
1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 Tbs chopped almonds
1/4 cup halved grapes
1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
Lean ground turkey patty
1/2 cup baby kale, or other dark leafy greens (to wrap around burger)
Spicy brown mustard
1/2 cup baby carrots and/or snow peas (act as chips or french fries! Yummy.)
4 ounces boneless skinless grilled chicken breast with fresh lemon and black pepper
1/3 cup brussel sprouts
**if you’re working out in the evening, add 1/4 sweet potato to this meal**
Egg white omelette loaded with onions, bell peppers, and spinach or kale, topped with salsa
8 ounce glass of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Do not work out after meal 5, because you always want to give your muscles ample protein to recover. If you are hungry at bedtime, you may add 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt with a sprinkle of cinnamon, because it’s gentle enough to be digested while sleeping.
With this diet plan, you’re going to be satisfied and full of energy, and your muscles will thank you for all of the protein! Make sure to consume your meals about 2 hours before intense exercise, and eat your next meal as soon as possible after you’re done at the gym. This will ensure that you both have the carbohydrates to fuel your workout and the proteins to replenish your tired muscles afterward!
I personally love this meal plan because of its easy portability. Stick these bodybuilding foods in some tupperware and head to the gym! Because honestly, what says “bodybuilder” more than toting tupperware boxes full of chicken and veggies? Enjoy, and have fun training! Make sure not to get too obsessed about looking a certain way, and train your body for the enjoyment of pushing your limits and exploring your body’s potential.
And hey, if you liked this post, you might also be interested in our article on how banana nutrition benefits your overall health and everyday living!
Good luck, stay focused, and enjoy the fit life!