Top 10 Powerlifting Foods
The top powerlifting foods are of course high quaily protein sourses, because without enough protein the powerlifter would not be able to increase in strength. The muscle and the stress on the CNS (central nervous system) needs repair and that is done through a process called protein synthesis which relies on the 9 essential amino acids found in all protein.
It needs to be added that although the list below is a list of proteins needed, the powerlifter needs other sources of food like plenty of carbs and plenty of good quality fat. Without a regular supply of fresh vegetables, a powerlifter would also be limiting his/her strength gains.
A powerlifter, just like a bodybuilder will also use a protein supplement like whey to mix up a post-workout meal that could easily add 20 grams of good quality, easily digested protein along with the good fat found in milk, it provides a complete protein that the body handles without stress.
Boneless and skinless chicken breast:
Chicken breasts offer a wide range of preparation options. Whether you grill or boil your chicken, there are many creative ways to prepare a very nice chicken breast which can also be cut up or diced into a salad.
Turkey offers a very low fat protein alternative that can be tastily prepared for a low calorie sandwich, grill or chopped into a salad. There are countless ways to prepare turkey is a tasty way.
Venison may be expensive but it makes for a good quality protein for any aspiring powerlifter looking to increase his/her protein intake.
Pork tenderloin is a good quality protein source with around 27 grams of protein for each 100 grams, with only a relatively low fat content of 5%.
Fresh fish is packed with anti-oxidants, omega-3 free fatty acids and plenty of good quality protein. Any white or red fish will be extremely low fat with plenty of easily digestible protein.
Egg whites are the staple for any powerlifter or bodybuilder who is looking to increase protein. The whites of an egg are digested very easily by your metabolism sending all the required amino acids directly where they are needed most.
Milk may have a relatively low protein content of only 3.5% but the good quality fat of 3.4% with a carbohydrate content of 4.9% makes for a very effective way of getting good quality calories into a powerlifter.
Low-fat cottage cheese:
A 100 grams of low-fat cottage cheese will have 1.2 grams of fat, 2.72 grams of carbohydrates and 12.4 grams of protein. You get all of that for only 72 calories so it is a power-packed food source.
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