I read a baseball forum that covers the Texas Rangers. Yes, I am a baseball nerd as well. One of the pitchers (who was an absolute beanpole) supposedly gained 25 pounds of muscle this offseason. As part of the conversation I meantioned he probably gained a little fat as well. One poster responded with:
"Yeah...I crack up when I hear guys saying things like, "Yeah...I gained 22 pounds of muscle last year...so I'm getting pretty strong."
Sorry, but it's just not possible to do that (legally). If BMac gained 25 pounds over the last 4 months, it's definitely a mixture of muscle/fat, which is a good thing for the "stick-figure."
I then proceded to tell him that its entirely possible...to gain 22 pounds of muscle in a year, and heck...its even entirely possible to do that in 4 months.
"No, it's really not. Ask any trainer in the world whether you can go from not working out to gaining 22 lbs of muscle in four months. It's just not possible. In order to add a pound of muscle per month, you basically have to eat ~1.5 grams of protein for every pound that you weigh.
For instance, if someone weighs 200 lbs, they would need to eat 300 grams of protein/day to gain approximately 1 lb of muscle each month (resulting in 12 lbs of muscle gained in one year). Obviously, this is an approximation and it would also require that you work out constantly...along with eating other well-balanced meals.
And the more you workout, the more calories you burn...meaning the more you have to eat to gain muscle. It's just not very feasible to think that you can gain 25 lbs of muscle in four months.
Plus, for every 5 lbs of muscle that you gain, you typically add an additional 2-5 lbs of fat...as a result of the extra eating. So if you gain 25 lbs of muscle, you have gained approximately 40-50 lbs overall. That doesn't happen in 4 months...naturally. (http://www.thefactsaboutfitness.com/research/fail.htm)"
He keeps arguing with me. What an idiot. I just felt I had to share with people that would know my pain.