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

You Don’t Need a Meal Plan to Build Muscle – Here’s What You Need Instead

Meal plan for building muscle

A few days ago, we received a great question from a reader named Emma: “I am 14 years old, and I have decided to start strength training in a few months. I wonder if I have to follow a meal plan to build muscle, like bicep and tricep?” I answer this question in the video … 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

Beetroot Juice Improves Lifting Performance

Beetroot juice can improve endurance efficiency in athletes, leading to better performance at many distances. It also increases time to exhaustion, and improves intermittent high-intensity performance. Research on the effects on strength training performance is lacking. However, a new study shows that you might also improve your bench press performance by chugging down a bottle … Read more

Carbohydrate Loading: How Much Does It Improve Physical Appearance During a Bodybuilding Competition?

Let’s talk bodybuilding! When you’re on stage showing off the physique you have trained and dieted so hard for so long to attain, you obviously want to impress the judges by looking the best you can at that very moment. Not only does this require you to be lean enough, you also want your muscles … Read more

How Long Do You Build Muscle After Eating a Protein-Rich Meal?

Do you think we know everything about protein and how your body uses it to build muscle? Then you are sorely mistaken. We probably don’t know much at all. For example, we don’t know how long a certain amount of protein builds new muscle mass. Add all the various protein sources in a regular diet, … Read more

No Differences in Relative Caloric Requirements between Male and Female Athletes

Do male and female athletes have different calorie requirements? The answer is no. A new study compared the resting metabolic rate between sexes in college athletes using indirect calorimetry. The researchers also measured the fat mass and fat-free mass of the subjects using air displacement plethysmography. ADP is a method of measuring body composition based … Read more

Butter and Biceps: All About the Ketogenic Diet for the Athlete

Keto and strength training

The ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate diet, but not any old low-carb diet. It’s not a diet where you just cut down on your carbs and let the rest take care of itself. Rather, it’s a diet with a low – very low – carb intake, but where you replace the carbs with fat. The … Read more

Protein for Strength Athletes and Bodybuilders – How Much, How Often, and What Kind

Protein strength training

The term “protein” is derived from the Greek word for primary. This meaning is true especially for athletes, bodybuilders and strength athletes with the goal to increase performance, muscle size and strength. Protein is the primary dietary driver for anabolism. This article will make sure you know everything you need to know about how protein … Read more

How Much Protein from a Single Meal Can Your Body Use to Build Muscle Mass?

How much protein per meal

How much protein can the body absorb per meal? That might very well be one of the most frequently asked questions in exercise and nutrition. First, let us clarify the question. There is often a certain misunderstanding about what this really means. Taken literally, as in how much protein can be absorbed before an excess … Read more