My strength coach handed out manuals for us to use for summer conditioning and I cam across something interesting and contradicts everything I have heard before:
Building lean mass is not just a matter of lifting heavier weights and eating more protein. Muscle is actually ~22% protein and >70% water. The remainder consists of fuels, phospholipids, mineral salts, enzymes etc. Furthermore, the typical American diet provides 2-3 times the required amount of protein. Athletes need ?1 g of protein per pound body weight per day even during intense training ? so a 300 lb athlete needs ?300 g [~10 oz] daily protein intake if it?s obtained from balanced, high-quality sources at regular intervals
Is this true, or is it just one of those things that certain people believe. I ate close to 350 g of protein a day and gained around 13 pounds this semester (not all good). Whats the deal?