Sunday, November 23, 2008

How To Turn All The Protein You Eat into Muscle

Proteins are made up of amino acids. When you consume
proteins (in the form of meat or other foods), your stomach
and digestive system breaks them down into single, pairs, or
triples of amino acids before they enter your bloodstream.
When they're in your bloodstream, amino acids are used by
your organs and muscles for repair.

Muscles are primarily made of protein and water. How does
weight lifting build muscle? Well, it first damages muscles and
fosters a response in your body that causes hormones to generate
muscle growth. Thus, your body and muscles need a decent
amount of amino acids: to repair and replace any damaged proteins,
and to build new ones, causing muscle growth.

As we mentioned before, weight lifting causes reaction due
to hormones that lead to muscle growth. In simpler terms,
when you train, your body enters a mode to prepare for
building muscle. This mode is called anabolism, an anabolic

However, researchers have discovered that you don't enter
this muscle building anabolic state until you eat. That is,
if you lift weights and don't eat, you're not building
muscle. If fact, you're actually losing muscle, since
weigh-lifting sessions damage your muscles.Muscles don't
grow when you train them, they grow in recovery between
sessions, as they feed on protein and energy.

Your muscles build with the proteins they need from amino
acids you have consumed. If you consume large amounts of
protein, you maximize your muscle growth by supplying your
muscles with plenty of material to build.So, the question
is, how much protein exactly should we consume? I can tell
you the short answer is 1.2 grams per pound of body weight.
A man who weighs 180 pounds needs to eat 216 grams of
protein every day (1.2 grams x 180 lbs = 216 grams) if he
wants to maximize his muscle growth.

Thus, to make sure you're building the most muscle, you have
to supply your body with plenty of energy and protein during
and before the workout. These are times when you muscle will
use up the energy and protein to build. Energy and protein
from food will run the muscle-building hormonal state,
allowing your muscles to grow.

Some Tips:
Get a calculator and figure out how much protein you need to
eat everyday (1.2 times your body weight in pounds). Look up
how much protein is in your most commonly eaten foods. Write
down what you ate yesterday, and find out how many grams you
ate. Did you reach you recommended daily total? If not, pick
a couple of foods that you can add to your diet to reach your
goal, such as eggs, meats, or nuts.Try to include an animal
source with every meal, and have snacks that include
proteins (yogurt or nuts, for example). These tips will help
you achieve your 1.2 g of protein per pound goal.

0.2 grams of carbohydrate per pound of body weight;
0.2 grams of protein per pound of body weight.
During Workout:
30 grams of carbohydrate ; 15 grams of protein.
0.4 grams of carbohydrate per pound of body weight;
0.2 grams of protein per pound of body weight.

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