Question: Hi, I work out to build my body but my body is not not getting bigger and I am not gaining weight. Do you have any suggestions?
Answer: Thanks for writing in. I don’t have any specifics about your diet but my guess is that you are probably not getting enough protein.
Many nutritionists tell the average person to get .36 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day. However, that is for an average person that is not working out.
If you are working out and trying to build your muscles up, you need to take in a lot more protein. However, most medical doctors will tell you not to take in a lot of protein.
Yet, many competitive body builders do typically take in far more protein than the .36 grams. Who will you listen too? That is a choice you have to make. You have to find out what works best for your body.
The first step is to see if you are even reaching the basic amount of .36 grams per pound of body weight. I have a suspicion that you may not be achieving even that.
In either case, it would be helpful to drink plenty of good, clean water. Protein processing can be hard on the kidneys, so drink a lot of water to help them. Some body builders drink far more than 1 gallon a day.
There is far more to body building than how much protein you take in. When and how are also important factors along with a myriad of other things.
To learn how to build your body, consider reading this book:
1. Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle [aff]- An excellent book for anyone trying to understand how the body processes what it eats. You can learn how to optimize your diet to shed fat and gain muscle . No hype in this book, just sound nutrition from someone who understands how the body works, knows how to optimize diet and working out to achieve healthy fitness goals and has the results and experience to prove it.
* Consult with your doctor before changing your diet or your level of exercise.