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Top 10 Cheapest Sources of Protein

Updated on May 4, 2014

Who wouldn't want to be a bodybuilder, Who wouldn't want to look muscular and healthy. I guess everyone, but have we ever thought of what is the most important substance responsible for muscle growth. It is not regular and heavy weight exercise, not even rest and proper sleep. Well Answer is protein. It does not matter how busy your lifestyle or how hard you struggle to earn a living so that you can keep your loved ones happy. One thing we all need to understand here, if you are not eating enough you are not going to grow and there is no point of working out. Weight lifters and bodybuilders burn extra calories while working out so they require more protein as compared to a people who do not workout. A proper diet and protein intake is vital for bodybuilding success.

We all know protein are the building blocks of life, they are composed of amino acid that are necessary for the proper functionality of a human body. Though human body manufactures several amino acids to produce protein bit there are some amino acids that needs to be obtained from vegetable and animal sources. A bodybuilder should consume 1g of protein per pound of body weight. If your body weight weight is 200lbs, then you should consume 200g of protein every day.

1. Whole Eggs

Eggs are the cheapest source and is packed with high quality protein to build muscles. Each egg contains 7g of pure protein which energize us for the day. It is recommended having whole egg with yolk as it contains half the protein and vitamin A. D and E.

2. Milk.

In case you are skinny and you want to gain weight then you should drink one gallon raw milk per day, but don't use it if you want to lose weight. Per liter milk give you 30g of protein.

3. Ground Beef

This is another biggest source of protein for a human diet. If lean beef is too expensive then buy ground beef and rinse the excess fat from it. 100g of Ground beef provides 25g of pure protein.

4. Greek Yogurt

Another great source of protein is Greek yogurt. It contains living bacteria called acidophillus which have numerous benefits, it keeps you heathy, active and makes your digestive track stronger. Every 100g Yogurt provides 10g of protein.

5. Frozen Chicken

Frozen chicken is cheaper than fresh chicken, you can buy it in bulk to get more discount. It is best to consume the chicken within one month of freezing for optimal taste. 100g of frozen chicken breast provides 25g of protein.

6. Canned Tuna

If you are a seafood lover, but you cannot afford the stuff, then canned tuna is the best option for you. A five ounce tuna can will provide you about 30g of protein which costs about $0.70 only. Studies says mercury is found in tuna, but you can safely have one can per day.

7. Peanut Butter

Everybody likes peanut butter, it tastes great. Make tasty meals at home that are easy to make. On an average 18-oz jar costs about $3.

8. Whey Protein

The most cost-effective and fastest way to increase protein in your diet, it provides necessary amino acids to build muscles. They are basically post-workout protein source when your body needs instant protein to repair damaged muscles. One of the best things about whey proteins they are fast digesting. A 2-lb container contains 100% whey protein and costs about $30.

9. Cottage Cheese

Another cheap and popular protein source is cottage cheese that is easily available in the market. Cottage cheese less expensive in US as compared to European countries. 100g of protein provides 12g of protein.

10. Canned Mackerel

Canned Mackerel is high in Omega-3 fatty acid, which is good for heart and contains less mercury as compared by Canned tuna. It tastes really good. Per 100g of canned mackerel provides 23g of protein.

Bonus tips

Buy generic food and always buy in bilk to get discounts. Get a job if you do not have one and cut expenses. Make a meal plan that gets you around 200g of protein per day. You can also buy canned tune it costs $0.70 and provides 27g of pure protein.

How much protein is too much

Well there are no side-effects of having too much protein, but make sure to make a diet or calorie chart to calculate how much calories you are having in day. If we consume a lot of proteins, excess protein gets stored in the form of calories which might make you look overweight after some time. You should be having 2000-2500 calories in a day, also make sure to workout at least 30 minutes in a day in a day to stay fit and active and do not consume more than 30g of protein in one meal as human body cannot digest more than 30g of protein at one time.

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