When it comes to the "best" bodybuilding foods, chicken and beef are usually ranked ahead of fish. Besides canned tuna, the protein found in fish isn't as highly regarded as other types of meat. But we think seafood should get its due, considering it not only helps build muscle, but it's a great way to protect your health too.
You can choose among any virtually fat-free fillets, such as flounder and sole, or higher-fat versions like salmon—few foods on Earth are as good a source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids as salmon.
Now, we're not saying that chicken and beef shouldn't remain in your bodybuilding nutrition plan—they definitely should—but fish should play an important role, too, as it offers certain advantages over other sources of protein. Here are five reasons seafood dishes should be a significant part of your diet.
1. Fish is lean
When you're dieting to shed bodyfat, you have to balance different objectives and cutting total calories, reducing fats and carbs, and simultaneously increasing protein consumption. Rely on lean fish as a staple of your diet because it meets all these objectives. Fish is also a great food to turn to during a diet when weight loss slows. Before cutting back further on carb consumption when you hit a plateau, try replacing much of your dietary protein which naturally contains fat with lean types of fish. Lean fish has less fat than most lean cuts of meat. You'll be able to take in the same amount of protein, yet consume fewer calories. This will allow you to keep carbs at a relatively moderate intake level and you won't feel too depleted. Switching to fish in the middle of a diet can help delay the necessity of lowering your carb consumption.
GO FISH: To get ripped, include the following types of seafood in your diet: sole, tuna, flounder, haddock, scallops, shrimp and crab. These are all extremely low in fat and high in protein.