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09 Dec 2005

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Will bingeing on protein the previous evening, followed by strenuous exercise first thing the next morning, help me gain muscle weight?
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01 Jan 0001

HI Suzanne

No, though it might cause you to gain weight as fat, if you are not careful about how you go about this. The key is not so much when you eat as what you eat. The key to gain weight is that your energy intake per day must be higher than your energy use, and then taken one step further, you have to eat a fair amount of protein. The problem with simply eating just before you go to bed or in the evening is that you are unlikely to do anything at all exercise wise, and so any carbohydrates or fat that is included in the meal (because you are unlikely to eat JUST protein) will be stored and you may not be able to then work it off the next day. This will result in gaining fat mass, not muscle mass.

The key then to muscle mass is first and foremost the training. Pretty much no matter what you eat, you will gain weight if you train right. That means doing weight training, lifting weights etc, on a regular basis. Then, to this, you must add the correct diet, because the diet can hinder you if it's not appropriate. So my advice is that you address the training first, and the diet second. The diet must complement the training, it can't do the job by itself, so it's very important.

Good luck
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