The Science Behind How Muscles Grow

The Science Behind How Muscles Grow and Tips to Increase Your Own Muscle Mass Immediately

Science is usually not one of the most popular subjects in school. According to polls over the last decade, the favorite subjects are English, Math, and Physical Education. Science commonly comes a couple more subjects down the list. 

But if we could all just pick and choose which science lessons were taught to us, it would definitely be one of the most popular subjects in no time. 

The problem is it was always difficult at the time to grasp what science lessons we would need to remember for later on in life, and which ones we could quickly erase from our memory because they held no significance whatsoever. Did dissecting a frog really help you gain anything in life? All it left most of us with were stinky fingers for the next week and a feeling of remorse for the frog. Sure, the frog’s anatomy is different from ours, but did you really need to dissect it to know that?

However, if you are reading this article at the moment, you probably wished you would have paid more attention to the lesson on how to make your muscles grow. 

Why People Train

People usually step into the weight room for one of two reasons.

  • Build muscle. 
  • Lose weight. 

(The good news is that if you can build muscle, the weight loss may just happen on its own since muscle burns fat even while you are sleeping.)

Diet For Muscle Growth

A high protein diet combined with strength training will build muscle mass as protein is the building block for creating muscle. It is a macronutrient, right along with the other two macronutrients being fats and carbohydrates. While protein is found in meat, on average three ounces of meat has about 22 grams of protein, all meats are not equal for quality protein. There are certain meats like chicken, turkey, and pork that offer more protein, and higher quality protein, per ounce than others.  

Of course, meat isn’t the only place you can find protein as dairy products, beans, and nuts all have a decent number of grams of protein in them. You just have to take your time and read the nutrition labels. And if you are serious about making your muscles grow and adding some quality mass, try consuming one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight a day. This means that if you weigh 190 pounds, take in 190 grams of protein daily. Before you know it, you can put on some serious mass. But it is not easy eating that much protein. If it was, there would be massive people walking around every street corner. It takes dedication. The diet can be even more difficult to follow than the actual workouts. 

Strength Training

How muscles grow is relatively a simple process. As you lift heavy objects over and over again, it will tear your muscle fibers in the muscle group you are using. As the muscle fibers repair and rebuild themselves, they are just slightly larger than the old ones that just became worn out. This means larger muscles and new muscle growth. As you continue with your dedication to strength training and target each muscle group one or two times a week, you will become stronger and more muscular. If your high-protein diet is on point, you can expect much better results and quicker ones as well. 

The Science Is the Easy Part

It is all about dedication. Do you have what it takes to completely change your diet and get into the weight room almost on a daily basis? If you aren’t sure you can, ask a friend to take this fitness journey with you. By holding each other accountable, you can hopefully produce results closer to what you are looking for. 

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