You ever wonder why you don't make the kind of gains you want from your hard work that you've put into your training? Well, you train hard, sleep well, but still aren't growing at the rate that you'd like. The answer to this puzzle could lie simply in your diet.
Here's a no brainer. Muscle is comprised of what? Yes, that's right. Protein! Now if you were to increase your protein intake, then your muscles will have more protein to utilize for muscle anabolism. It's as simple as that.
Your Protein Intake
If you're looking to build muscle and strength, the first place you need to look is at your daily protein intake. There have been many studies conducted on protein but there has never been a study performed to try to find out the optimum amount of protein a weight trainer should consume in order to put on the maximum amount of muscle in the shortest period of time.
I'm sure you hear that you should consume 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight but I've heard other outrageous claims. For instance, one of my biochemistry professors is actually convinced that the human body needs about 2 grams of protein total to maintain bodily functions. Personally I think this guy is out of his mind.
After coming to the realization that I wasn't consuming nearly enough protein in my diet, I opted to increase my protein intake by nearly threefold. I upped protein consumption to 2 grams per pounds of bodyweight per day while consuming about the same number of carbohydrates and limiting my fat intake.
I weighed about 160 lbs so that would equate to roughly 320 grams of protein daily. I know it's a lot of eating but if you want the results, you have to put in the effort. No one ever said building muscle is easy. As a matter of fact, it's almost a part time job in itself.