[quote]Peter Orban wrote:
Unless you have DEXA data to back it up or skinfolds taken by an experience tester with all other conditions are the same, you don’t really know.
Just because muscle has around 750 kcal per pound doesn’t mean it only takes that much to gain a pound of muscle, otherwise every obese person would be giving Cutler a run for his money. The 750 kcal is what can be extracted if the muscle needs to break itself down during exercise for fuel.
The actual process of new muscle being built - rather more new muscle being built than broken down as it is an equilibrium process with breakdown and growth occurring simultaneously - will likely take more than 750 kcal per pound as it takes energy to build that muscle on top of what it contains when broken down.
Sometimes the increases in the turnover due to exercise are quite great and a large amount of calories (and protein) is required just to get recovery and back to where you were before the workout in terms of muscle mass.
The most likely way to get growth with minimal caloric intake increases is to eat as well as possible as you will be able to alter the nutrient partitioning through careful food selection. This is especially true of those who handle carbohydrates poorly.
As for the strength and weight gain, it could have been due to water. Just having more water in your muscles increases the leverage. If you are skinny, then you are likely able to gain up to 3-4 pounds of muscle a week with optimal training, nutrition, and supplementation. I am assuming recovery has been optimized and stress minimized.[/quote]
very interesting stuff fellas. thank you! didnt realize it was such a complicated process.