Whether you are a professional IFBB bodybuilder or just a casual bodybuilder, it is pretty safe to assume that you do not have an endless budget of which to spend on your diet. While we want to put the best macros inside of us, we have the constraints of time and money which we have to deal with. As far as time goes, we make the time for what we truly want. That is all I will say on that.
There are certain things that I have learned they just make adding serious mass much easier when it comes down to the diet.
Buy Quality Products in Bulk
If you have to, buy yourself a second freezer. Find small quantities of fresh fish or fresh boneless chicken breast can get quite expensive, but if you buy the same products in larger quantities when they go on sale, or by shopping at a center where they sell in bulk, you can end up paying one third of the price that you would like buying a few servings at a time.
This includes calories protein carbs fat. When you are prepping your meals, always have your stale handy. Measure every serving to exactly what your macros call for. This is the only way to know exactly how many carbs, proteins and fats are in every meal.
Make the commitment to prepare meals twice per week You do not want to cook meals seven days in advance. I normally think about preparing meals for 3 to 4 days out. Sometimes, I will eat something that was prepared five days ago. Anything after that and you are pushing the boundaries of freshness.
Buy Frozen Whenever You Can
I buy the majority of my fish fresh frozen. The whole purpose of fresh frozen is that they are frozen right at their peak of freshness. The thing that most shoppers do not realize is that most of the efficiency food you see behind the counter has already been previously frozen. By the time you purchase that fresh fish, it has already been sitting in that refrigerator for a few days most likely. Of course, this varies by store, and in some cases by supermarket chain.
Do Not Buy Marinated Meats
This one should be pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people do not think about it. Most marinated meats have an abundance of salt since salt next as a preservative. You want to try and control your sodium intake in most cases as part of your diet.
On a side note, fish departments normally marinate their fish when they are starting to have an odor meaning that most of the marinated fish you see is fished it is getting ready to spoil.
Fail to prepare and prepare to fail. Life is so chaotic that it is much easier to simply eat dinner on the run or have pizza delivered to you. Not fall into that trap. Have your meals prepared for a few days ahead of time.