You will often see me talking all about supplements. It is true that there are many supplements out there that can really help your weightlifting results. However, we are going to be talking about food today. One benefit of bulking up with more food than supplements is that it will likely be the cheaper route. I’m all about saving money whenever I can. I do my own grocery shopping and have learned to watch out for certain cheap bulking foods. In this upcoming list, you will learn more about these three foods and one beverage that can pack on weight fast.
What I wanted to focus on with these picks were three main criteria:
Decent Nutritional Content
Effective for Gaining Weight
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s look closer at my favorite picks for bulking up cheaply.
Tuna: In my opinion, tuna is one of the best foods that a weightlifter can consume. Tuna is low in fat, high in protein, and rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart. If you are looking for straight up protein, it doesn’t get much better (or cheaper) than tuna. In most cases, you can find a can of tuna for anywhere from 60 cents to a dollar per can. Each can of tuna, on average, contains upwards of 40 grams of protein. Another reason I love tuna is because of the many ways you can prepare it. My favorite way is to simply add about a tablespoon of tuna. I also eat it straight out of the can sometimes because I’m nasty like that.
Ground Beef: This meat is loaded with protein, relatively low in calories, and contains healthy amounts of iron. In most cases, you can find ground beef for a couple dollars per pound. Also, you can sometimes buy larger packs of ground beef and get somewhat of a better deal. Check your local ads to find out when a meat sale is happening and then stock up! The last ground beef I got was for $2.39 a pound which is pretty good where I live. Ground beef, like tuna, is incredibly versatile which means you can make a lot of meals from ground beef. I personally love making hamburgers and meatballs when I am bulking up.
Peanut Butter: I love peanut butter when I am bulking up. I usually am that person buying the large containers of peanut butter. If you think who buys that much peanut butter? I do. Anyways, peanut butter is high in both fat and protein. Unlike tuna and ground beef, you could end up gaining more fat if you eat too much peanut butter. However, if you are determined to gain weight and don’t care if you gain a little fat, peanut butter is the way to go. In two tablespoons of peanut butter, you will get about eight grams of protein and 16 grams of fat. I love eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while on a bulk, they are fast, easy to make, and taste great.
Milk: There isn’t a better drink to consume if you want to gain weight than milk. It is true that milk isn’t going to be as cheap as other beverages. However, its high protein and fat content make it great for bulking up. There is even a GOMAD method which stands for a gallon of milk a day. This method has been seen as a way to gain weight fast. I don’t think I could drink an entire gallon of milk every single day so I can’t attest to how well this works. However, it should be fairly easy to drink or one or two glasses a day into your diet. One cup of milk, on average, has 100 calories and 8 grams of protein. Sometimes, your grocery store may have the milk that is nearing its expiration date on sale. It might sound a little weird but I’ve gotten gallons of milk for 50 cents before from doing this. If you can drink a gallon of milk within a day or three, always go for the sales.