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15 Mar 2004

Muscle gain- Carbs or Protein?
I am trying to gain muscle mass, but have heard conflicting views. Some say i should eat more carbs to put on mass, while others say i should eat more protein to build muscle.

Also, some say fewer repetitions of heavier weights are better to build muscle than more reps of lower weight. What is the right no. of reps?

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Bodybuilding
body building

01 Jan 0001

Perplexed,

Your type of eating for muscle building almost always depends on your type of body. If you have a higher fat % when trying to gain muscle you'll typically eat less carbs and vice-versa for the thin "hard-ganiner" body type. What is inescapable however is that you will need to up your intake of protein to build more muscle.

A good rule of thumb is that the lower your reps the more you're training for strength and the higher your reps the more you're training for toning. Training for muscle building falls somewhere inbetween. Therefore, for strength you train between 4 to 8 reps, for size you train 8 to 12 reps and for toning no less than 15 to 25 reps.

Hope this helps?

Keep well,

Conrad Booysen-Biokineticist
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