As we all know, the older we get, the harder it is to maintain muscle. As we age, we need to work out harder in order to maintain our sleek and healthy look. We also really need to watch what we put into our bodies in order to maintain existing muscle and weight. But there are so many foods which can destroy muscle and cause you to turn muscle into fat quickly. So let’s take a look at the top 10 foods that can turn your tight body into a blob.
All of us should know by now that the absolute worst thing you can do to your body is drink soda. Yes, we all enjoy the syrupy sweetness and caffeine boost that most soda provide, but let’s face it, soda (and this includes energy drinks, guys!) are nothing but empty calories. The average 12 ounce can of soda contains 140 calories and is packed full of sugar and sodium, both of which cause slower muscle gain and water retention, so make sure to avoid soda like the plague.
Like soda, booze is nothing but empty calories. The average 12 ounce beer contains a staggering 320 calories (light beers are usually 200 calories, so it isn’t much of an improvement.), and you don’t even want to know what the average mixed drink weighs in at. And on top of the empty calories, alcohol depletes your energy levels by dehydrating you, which makes you tired and not as willing to keep up your usual workout routines, which will cause you to pack on the pounds. As a general rule, guys, make it a point to not drink.
3) Fast Food
Burgers and fries, tacos, bean burritos, pizza, all of it is so damn delicious and it’s in our faces constantly. But the biggest downside of most fast food is that’s all nothing but empty calories that contains copious amounts of fat, which is not only going to turn your muscle into jelly, but is also going to harden your arteries in the long term.
Who doesn’t love a heaping plate of spaghetti? Or a big fat slice of lasagna for that matter. No doubt about it, pasta is absolutely awesome as far as your taste buds are concerned. But when it comes to your muscles, not so much. Pasta is a heavy carbohydrate, and if you’re looking to pack on the pounds, eating pasta is a good way to do it. But if you’re looking to maintain your muscle, not so much.
Like pasta, the yumminess factor of bread is right up there with lasagna, but bread is a sure way to pack on the pounds and turn your muscle mass into mush if you indulge in bread on a daily basis.
I was only going to include french fries—largely because they’re fried in heavy, artery clogging oils—but no matter how you prepare them—mashed, fried, or baked—potatoes are just plain bad for maintaining muscle mass. Like pasta and bread, potatoes are a complex carbohydrate, and your body basically turns them into nothing but sugar. Sure, potatoes give you long and sustained energy, but they really pack on the pounds.
Chips, crackers, cookies, brownies, all of them, oh so delicious and wonderful to eat, but oh so awful for maintaining muscle. Like fast food, we’re constantly assailed by advertisements for salty and sugary snacks, and chances are your office has more than a few snack machines staring you right in the face day-in-and-day-out. But stay strong! Because snack food will definitely turn you into a lump of fat.
I bet you didn’t think I was going to include any vegetables on this list, did you? But you know what! Corn is downright awful for you when it comes to maintaining muscle mass. Like potatoes, pasta, and bread, corn is a complex carbohydrate and the body turns it into sugar, so it’s basically like eating a candy bar that grows from the ground. Also, the human body can’t really properly digest corn and corn products. Which is why, you know, you still have kernels in your waste after you eat corn on the cob. By the way, one of the biggest reasons why soda is so bad for you is because it’s sweetened with a corn based product.
9) Red Meat
Burgers, steaks, ribs! Oh, God, it’s all so freaking good! But red meat is also extremely high in fat, and not the kind of fat you want floating around in your bloodstream. Now I can hear most of you screaming: “But it’s protein! Red meat is protein!” But, once again, because of its overall fat content, it’s not the kind of protein that benefits maintaining muscle mass. As I’m sure your personal trainer tells you on a daily basis, instead of munching a steak, eat leaner proteins like chicken breast and Salmon instead. Not only will your muscles thank you, but so will your heart.