If your bodybuilding program isn’t as successful as you think it should be, try improving your diet. Eating more vegetables is one of the most basic ways to accomplish this. Bodybuilders usually eat plenty of protein and complex carbohydrates, but they often overlook vegetables. 

Compared to the bodybuilding benefits of protein, those from vegetables may be less tangible, but vegetables can indeed have a potent indirect effect on muscle gains. To bulk up your body with muscle, learn to bulk up your diet with vegetables. Low in calories, vegetables provide a host of nutrients that are otherwise deficient in many bodybuilding diets, including fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.

Most bodybuilders acknowledge the crucial role that vegetables play in a bodybuilding diet, yet, for a variety of reasons, many of those same bodybuilders chronically don’t eat enough of these nutritious foods. We get so focused on protein consumption that everything else takes a back seat.

Once a trainer has eaten the suggested one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight daily and taken in enough complex carbs for growth, he’s very likely to feel full. Here’s a news flash: If you want to make the most of your health and your bodybuilding gains, then you had better include at least two cups of vegetables a day! Want a stronger immune system that will improve food absorption and stabalize energy levels — all of which are factors that play a role in recovery and growth- well then you better continue reading!

Sure vegetables can be a pain in the butt to prepare, that’s not a good enough reason to overlook them meal after meal. Many bodybuilders in this type of mind set are just fooling themselves into thinking that their diets are pretty good anyway.

So here are 8 reasons why you should be incorporating vegetables in your meal plan if you aren’t doing so already! 

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