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Nutrition to Build Muscle

September 27, 2023

I often get bombarded with questions about the best nutrition to build muscle. It’s a vast and personalised topic, so let’s break it down into some general guidelines that can set you on the path to muscle gain. Remember, though, individual consultations can be super beneficial for fine-tuning your approach. So, let’s get started and […]

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I often get bombarded with questions about the best nutrition to build muscle. It’s a vast and personalised topic, so let’s break it down into some general guidelines that can set you on the path to muscle gain. Remember, though, individual consultations can be super beneficial for fine-tuning your approach. So, let’s get started and explore the essential aspects of nutrition when it comes to building muscle.

Protein Power

First up, the superstar of muscle-building nutrition – protein! Your protein intake needs to be more than just adequate; it should lean towards the higher end. We’re talking about a range between 1.2 to 2 grams of protein per kilogram of your body weight. For instance, if you weigh in at a cool 60 kilograms, you should aim for 72 to 120 grams of protein each day. Now, keep in mind that our Australian government guidelines suggest much less, but those are more about preventing muscle loss rather than gaining it.

Timing is Everything

Okay, you’ve got your daily protein target. Now, let’s talk about spreading that protein love throughout the day. This is a critical aspect of muscle-building nutrition. It’s not just about gobbling down a protein shake after your workout. The entire 24 hours following your exercise routine are prime time for protein consumption to aid muscle growth. A quick tip: divide your protein goal by three, and you’ll have a rough idea of how much protein to aim for in each of your meals.

Don’t Skip Meals

When you’re on the muscle-building journey, you want your body to be in a constant state of growth. That means no meal skipping or undereating. Even with all the weight training in the world, if you’re not consuming enough calories, you’ll struggle to build muscle. So, keep those regular meals coming in.

Lift, Tear, and Grow

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room – resistance training. It’s all well and good to eat protein, but if you’re not lifting weights, you’re missing the party. Building muscle involves the lifting and tearing of muscle fibers, and that’s where resistance training comes into play. If you’re not hitting the weights at least a few times a week, don’t expect those muscles to magically appear through nutrition alone.

Consistency is Key

Building muscle isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. Consistency is your best buddy when it comes to both nutrition and training. That means sticking to your protein intake goals and maintaining a regular workout routine. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are your muscles.

Now, I can’t stress this enough – nutrition is a personal journey. While these guidelines can set you on the right track, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. If you’re craving that extra layer of support and guidance, consider booking a one-on-one appointment with me. Together, we can tailor a nutrition and training plan that suits your unique needs and goals.

So, there you have it, the lowdown on nutrition to build muscle. It’s not rocket science, but it does require dedication and a dash of patience. Keep those protein levels up, hit the weights, and stay consistent. You’ve got this!

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