How To Make Sure Your Diet Is Optimized To Build Muscle

By Russ Howe

Despite the popularity of gyms around the world, most people do not know how to lose weight and keep it off. The same goes for building muscle - most people have no idea how to correct their diet in order to maximize lean muscular gains.

In today's post, you will learn how to do this for yourself.

You would be shocked to see how many individuals seem happy to toil away for hours each week in the gym only to sacrifice their results by eating a terrible diet packed with alcohol and junk food. You don't need to stop eating your favorite foods by any means, but you do need to learn a few facts. The first fact is that in order to lose weight you need to lower your daily calorie total.

When it comes to packing on lean muscle, we need to talk about things in a little bit more detail. Rather than just sorting out your calorie intake, it would make sense to look at how to optimize what those calories are made of. []

Don't worry, though, working out your daily intake of calories is not rocket science - although it is needlessly over complicated by many in the fitness industry. In order to establish not only how many calories you should be eating per day, but also where those calories should be coming from, then try the following equation:

* Total daily calories = target body weight in pounds x 15.

If you wanted to reach a weight of 180 pounds, you would simply take that figure and multiply by fifteen. In this instance, it would give you a target of 2700 calories per day.

* Total daily protein intake = 30% of overall calories divided by 4.

Getting the right split of the three macronutrients is critical to ensuring your calories are coming from the right places. For protein, we can establish that 30% of 2700 is 810 calories. Now divide this by four and you'll be given a target of 202 grams per day.

* Carbohydrates = 55% of your calories for the day. Divide the answer by 4 to get this in grams.

Our highest intake when trying to bulk up is carbohydrates. We need 371 grams per day for the individual in question here. That's because we need 55% of our calorie target coming from carb sources.

* Total daily fat intake = 15% of overall calories divided by 9.

To establish the fat intake for our 180 lb male, we would take 15% of our calorie target and divide the figure by 9. So, 15% of 2700 calories is 405. This figure divided by 9 is a total of 45 grams per day in healthy fat sources.

Alongside your other two macronutrients and your total calorie target, you now have the foundation of a proven muscle building diet. Alternatively, if your goal is to learn how to lose weight you can enjoy similar success by simply playing around with this proven principle and finding a balance which works for your body.

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