How to Eat Like a Bodybuilder on a Budget

by Heather Cummins

If you want to get bigger with your exercising plan, you need to know that you will have a special meal plan that includes a lot of food rich with proteins and fatty acids. That maybe is not the bigger problem in this case, but when it comes to the quantity you need to eat, you will see that the bodybuilder eating is not that cheap.
But, there is always a good side and you can eat like a real bodybuilder even on a budget.

How much do I need to eat every day?

Today we will talk about the bodybuilding meal plan for men. The most common answer you will hear 7 meals per day worth between 4.500-5.500 calories. So, it’s normal to spend more money on your meals and it requires a lot of time too, so you can prepare it properly. Many people give up when they find out how much does it cost, saying that they don’t have enough time to cook or that it’s too expensive to buy all of it. But if you plan your meals smartly, you can eat like a bodybuilding expert and save money at the same time.

What ingredients do I need for my meals?

Mediterranean Diet

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Bodybuilding targets your muscles so your food is also food for them. Many fitness amateurs think that they will get excellent results if they take too many steroids and supplements, but that’s not true. You only need the supplements that are good for your condition and put your focus on the food choices. Accept the fact that bodybuilding is a way of living and start creating your meal plan as soon as possible.

You need to know that you’ll be on a high-calorie and protein-rich meal plan, so your muscles can handle the weightlifting exercises. You need to eat meat, poultry and fish, dairy products, eggs, rice, starchy fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts, beans, and oils. Avoid alcohol and sugars, and never eat deep-fried food.

Before you exercise, you shouldn’t eat high-fat and high-fiber foods, because they can slow down your digestion and affect the exercising efficiency. Supplements are often needed, so you can check to find what exactly do you need for your bodybuilding process.

Here are a few pieces of advice on how to follow the described plan and stick to your budget:

1. Eat potatoes

Potatoes are the simplest and most common starchy food, but they may take too much time to cook. You need to rinse them carefully, peel them, rinse the potatoes again, and cook them. The good thing is that you can cook more potatoes at once and keep them in your fridge for up to 4 days. Potatoes are a cheap ingredient and you should always have them on your table. If you get bored you can always replace them with sweet potatoes, that are also rich in nutrients important for the bodybuilders.

2. Boiled or grilled meat

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You should eat your meat boiled or grilled and never fried. If you grill it properly, you will get a less fatty piece of meat, that is rich with proteins and necessary fatty acids. Many builders choose chicken breasts over every other type of meat, because they are the cheapest and very nutritional at the same time, with a little fat. But, this doesn’t mean that you need to eat chicken breasts every day. Sometimes you can replace it with beef burgers, or even plant proteins or eggs. Find an excellent fitness guru who will help you with your eating choices. Don’t forget to include dairy products, especially milk, yogurt, or less fatty cheese that is high in proteins. Learn how to combine these ingredients properly with veggies, grains, bread, and potatoes.

3. Use crock-pot

You may not have enough time to spend in your kitchen, but you can invest in a very useful pot that will cook the food in slow mode. You need to put the ingredients in the crock-pot and set the timer. It will prepare the meal during the night. You can use it for meat, vegetables, rice, or you can try plenty of bodybuilding-friendly slow cook recipes available on the Internet.

4. Make a shopping list

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Don’t even leave your home without a shopping list. Every supermarket has a loyalty program or coupons that you can use for their actions. If you buy more, you are saving money in a long-term plan. For example, a carton of 6 eggs will cost less at first sight, but if you do the math, you will see that 10-eggs cartons are more economical and budget-friendly. If you have a freezer at home, you can pile up more food when the price is lower and keep it for months. Try to find fresh food and avoid canned products because they have a lot of salt and oil that can damage your whole eating plan.

5. How cheap can the bodybuilder meal plan be?

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You can’t expect that is very cheap, sometimes is a bit more expensive than a usual meal plan. But this fact shouldn’t let you give up on your goal. You only need to learn how to shop smartly and follow the actions in the supermarkets near you. Membership and loyalty cards may bring you a lot of benefits, like lower prices and better deals for the food. You only need to check the prices regularly and create a meal plan that you will follow, without bigger changes over time.

Bodybuilding is not an easy process and very often you can’t do it alone. So, we can recommend you to visit your nearest gym studio and ask for professional help and advice. Building your muscles requires a lot of time, wish, and enthusiasm and you need to be patient until you see the initial results.

Every exercising goal is specific and challenging. You need to set your goal and do everything that is in your power to reach it. Avoid instant programs and be aware that bodybuilding requires a lot of time and commitment, so you can maintain long-term results.

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