kjs Posted April 2, 2012 Share Posted April 2, 2012 Hello, this may sounds silly, but had a question about muscle building. Say my average BMR is 2000 calories and doing a typical 3 day a week weight lifting program. I've read everywhere to eat a lot more when trying to gain muscle, but when I do that, I typically seem to build up fat a lot quicker than muscle, and then I get a little down on myself and start trying to burn off the fat again. So I have 2 scenarios, 1) If my BMR is 2000 cals, and I end up eating let's say 2300 cals. Is it possible that if I don't eat 2700 calories ( making up a theoretical optimum amount), will the calories turn into fat, because my body needed the full 700 excess calories to build muscle. so, in essence, is muscle building, an all or nothing process? If it doesn't have all the possible nutrients and cals, no muscle building will occur, or will it still occur albeit at a slower rate? 2) Say in the same vein, if I get 75 grams per day of protein on an average basis, and my theoretical optimal amount is 125 grams per day (making this number up for the scenario). by not consuming the extra 50 grams, will I still build muscle at a slower rate, or is the full 150 grams necessary for the muscle building process to occur? In both scenarios, I'm kind of thinking an anology to construction. Let's say in building a room for a house, if you have all the lumber but not the nails, no room can be built, rendering the lumber as complete waste. I will start a training journal as well in the near future. Thanks! (btw, I'm a 6 year vegan, 39 years old, 163 lbs at about 14-16% bodyfat. ) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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