Macros for Cutting: Count Your Way to Fat Loss

macros for cutting

As a bodybuilder, you can’t subscribe to the permabulk diet if you want to see the fruits of your labor in the gym. Chances are you’re going on a cutting diet sooner or later. Whether you’re dieting for natural bodybuilding contest preparation or want to look your best shirtless, knowing how to track and adjust … Read more

Build Muscle on a Vegan Diet: The Complete Guide

Build Muscle on a Vegan Diet

Veganism has become increasingly popular over the last few decades, going from a fringe movement to mainstream. Health and environmental reasons and awareness of animal rights have made millions switch to a plant-based diet and a vegan lifestyle. You might be wondering if a plant-based diet is any good for building muscle. The answer is … Read more

5 Reasons You’re Not Gaining Muscle

plateau, gains

Sooner or later, everyone hits a plateau where gains come slower or grind to a halt altogether. That can be very frustrating and lead to a vicious circle where you get less motivated to put in the effort needed to progress.  Let’s take a look at our top five reasons why you’re not gaining muscle … Read more

Protein for Strength Athletes and Bodybuilders

protein

Key Points: Protein is the most important nutrient for building muscle. Protein is made up of amino acids. Out of these, you need to get enough of the 9 essential ones through your food. The average person needs at least 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight and day. Preferably 1.2 grams per … Read more

Protein Intake: How Much Protein Should You Eat per Day?

Daily Protein Intake

Key Points: If you lift weights, your daily protein requirement rises. In the short term, this happens because your body needs more protein to repair itself after training. In the long term, it is because you need more protein to maintain your larger muscle mass. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of protein is 0.8 g/kg … Read more

Is It Important to Eat or Drink Protein Quickly after Training?

Protein after Workout for Muscle Growth

Key Points: No, it’s not important to consume protein quickly after a workout. This is true despite the fact that your muscle protein balance is negative until you consume protein. A meta-analysis found no difference in muscle growth or strength between groups consuming protein within one hour before or after strength training, and groups who … Read more

Protein Needs Based on Fat-Free Mass?

Protein needs and fat-free mass

Today we’ve got a question on protein needs, from Stefan in Sweden. He writes: “If I understand correctly, protein intake is often mentioned in terms of grams of protein per kilo of bodyweight, for instance 2 grams per kilo. Wouldn’t fat-free mass be a more relevant metric, since a person at 80 kilos would have … Read more

Coconut Oil – A Healthier Choice?

Coconut oil has become more and more popular over the last decade, often being hailed as having a number of beneficial health effects. Claims that coconut oil can decrease cardiovascular disease risk, improve weight loss, and even protect against diseases like Alzheimer’s abound. A new meta-analysis takes a look at the scientific evidence behind these … Read more