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Muscle Condition

1 Question and it may be stupid but i’m very curious.

Is there a growth condition that allows you to only gain a certin amount of muscle before you can not grow anymore? I’m not referring to a bodybuilder who has taken steroids and has packed on as much muscle as possible, i’m referring to a lifter who has only lifted for a short period of time and packed on a little muscle.

Ty.

It is called a plateau. Most everybody hits them at some time. Your body gets used to a routine or diet or whatever. You need to change up your exercises, your set/rep scheme, your diet, something.

That is why you will find a lot of articles here about periodization (changing up your routine), calorie and carb cycling (changing up your diet), etc.

If you describe your diet and exercise routine in detail along with your current stats and goals, I am sure we can suggest a host of options for changes.

[quote]dswithers wrote:
It is called a plateau. Most everybody hits them at some time. Your body gets used to a routine or diet or whatever. You need to change up your exercises, your set/rep scheme, your diet, something.

That is why you will find a lot of articles here about periodization (changing up your routine), calorie and carb cycling (changing up your diet), etc.

If you describe your diet and exercise routine in detail along with your current stats and goals, I am sure we can suggest a host of options for changes.[/quote]

I’ve just changed my exercise routine recently ( this is my 2nd week )I do different exercises and i uped my reps from 6 - 8 to 8 - 12. As far as my diet is concerned, I was trying to cut weight for the past month by easting about 2300C’s a day (very little if any fat).

I now eat 1g of protein per pound or more a day I try to consume 2g’s of carbs per pound a day and I eat anywhere from 2700 - 3000 calories a day (majority of the time).

Before a workout I take a scoop of Whey Protein with milk and a slow digesting carb like an apple or banana, then after my workout the same amount of Whey protein with the same amount of milk with a fast digesting carb like 500ml bottle of Gatorade.

As far as what I eat it’s mainly fish, bread, eggs, pasta, fat free yogurt, juice, meat, oatmeal and potatoes (occasionally rice).

SaugaStar, it sounds like you’re on the right track. The two things I’d recommend if you’re not seeing results or not seeing them quickly enough is

  • raise the precision on how, what and when you’re eating (weigh & measure your food)
  • keep a food log
  • weigh and measure yourself every week

You need to know how many grams of protein, fat and carbs you’re eating in a day’s time. On any given week that you don’t gain some weight, then increase calories by 250 calories per day over the course of the next week. That’s what’s called “Outcome-Based Decision Making.”

You need to be taking in at least 1g of protein per pound of body weight. You need to be taking in at least 0.4 to 0.5g of fat per pound of body weight. In addition to what you’re eating currently before and after your workout, you need a whole food meal with starchy carbs and protein in the meal following your workout.

If you dial it in a bit more, you should start seeing some results. If you don’t, you’ll have a much better idea of what you need to do to get those results (i.e., increase calories)

I’m going to ask a mod to move your thread to the Building a Better Body forum, if you don’t mind.