Using Commissary to Improve a Workout Diet

Prison food is notoriously bad. Not only does it lack decent flavor, it also contains very few nutrients, minerals and other valuable resources for your body. If someone you know is working out in prison, they are going to want to supplement the prison chow with items off the commissary list to achieve their goals.

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Evaluate the Goals

Commissary can help if the desire is to build muscle or bulk up. Bulking up can make an inmate look more intimidating to other inmates, which can be a valuable asset to have in a prison. If the goal is also to build strength, the inmate will need to concentrate on a different list of foods from commissary.

Bulking Goals

To add body mass during workouts, high calorie, high carbohydrate commissary foods will add bulk. Highly processed foods typically deliver the calorie count. Ramen Noodles, Doritos, Cheetos and Honey Buns are common examples.

Bulk AND Strength

To add some bulk but mainly concentrate on strength building, the commissary list should be packed with protein items each week. If canned or pouched tuna is available for sale, this is very desirable.

Tuna not only supplies protein, which increases muscle strength, it also has Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to avoid muscle loss while eating the sub-par prison food. There are 20 grams of protein in a three ounce serving of tuna.

Sardines, roast beef and green tea are other good choices when seeking to build strength as well as bulk up during prison workouts.

Final thoughts: Building strength through higher quality foods will likely benefit the inmate’s overall health and make the inmate feel better overall.

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