Protein and Gaining Weight

I am sometimes asked something like, “How much protein should I take to get huge?!”  Here is my answer: About 1-1.5g of protein per pound of bodyweight. (Yeah I know.. 1-2g of protein per pound of lean bodyweight is a better answer, but most people don’t know their LBM (lean body mass).  If you do, great! Use the latter recommendation.)

However, if that is the only part of your diet that you control, you sill might not gain any mass.  As I’ve said before, in order to gain weight, you have to consume more calories than you burn.  That means that you have to find out what your maintenance calories are and then eat MORE than that (by about 10-20% in calories).  This increase in calories should come from an increase in mostly carbs and some fat.

If you just cannot seem to gain weight, refer to my other article Easy-Gainers and Hard-Gainers.

The point I want you to take from this is that protein does not build muscle or mass by itself.  It isn’t some magic formula that puts muscle onto your body.  In order to gain muscle, you body needs three things: A stimulus (lifting weights), proper fuel (a solid diet with enough calories), and rest (sleep, because this is when the body does a lot of it’s muscle building).  Protein is just one little part of the entire equation.

Last tip:  When organizing the fats and carbs into your diet, try to get them from relatively good sources.  As an example, a deep-fried corn-dog has protein, carbs, and fats in it, but it is definitely not a wise choice because of the kind of protein and fats in it.