4. Protein Bars and Powders
Ask any expert and they’ll tell you the importance of consuming protein before and after workouts to stimulate muscle growth. Unfortunately, few guys can schedule meals around workouts—and that’s where protein supplements, like powders and nutrition bars, come in handy. Need to eat and run? Forget the unhealthy, greasy fast food and grab a nutrition bar that’s high in quality protein and also provides you with essential fats and carbs. Have a little more time on your hands? Mix yourself a refreshing protein shake.
3. Conjugated Linoleic Acid
Think all fat is bad? Think again. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) has omega fatty acids, also known as “good fat.” Researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that CLA could help you lose fat and help preserve your muscle tissue, according to a study originally published in the Journal of Nutrition. In the study, 71 participants who consumed CLA lost an average of six pounds. Be sure to get omega fatty acids through your diet or supplements.