open topic, for anything cycling related.
I want optimise my Power to Weight Ratio by increasing my Lean Muscle Mass.
I am of lean build and slow twitch muscle fibre. I also weigh 10 kg more (92kg) than my targeted weight (at 82kg).
Besides cycling, what tasks and lifestyle decisions (in terms of training, diet and fatigue management) do you perform to achieve this goal when you want to increase your Lean Muscle Mass?
INCREASE LEAN MUSCLE MASS
DIET FOR GAINING LEAN MUSCLE MASS
HOW TO GAIN LEAN MUSCLE QUICKLY
While the Livestrong website is no longer the flavour of the month, I find it a great source of useful information.
If you want to improve your power to weight ratio wouldnt you be better off focusing on on bike training, or is that what you are actually talking about?
If you want to build muscle food plays a very big part in it, and i would suggest to start eating right away and dont stop, (all good food of course) and milk, start drinking it like your life depends on it.
So you want to increase your power to weight ratio.
I'd suggest you also work on reducing the denominator by getting your bodyfat down to 7-10%, with a low fat Calorie controlled diet. This has the potential additional advantage of reversing artherosclerosis, thereby allowing more oxygen to get to the muscles.
Lean Muscle Formula
If all else fails..........
week 1-12 sustanon 500mg a week mon/thurs
week 1-10 deca durabolin 500mg a week mon/thurs
week 1-8 anavar 100mg a day
week 8-14 winstrol 60mg a day
week 14-18 clomid 100/100/50/50
week 14-18 nolvadex 40/40/20/20
week 1-10 enanthate 250mg a week
week 1-8 propionate 100mg eod
week 1-8 tren -A 75mg eod
week 1-8 anavar 100mg a day
week 12-16 clomid 100/100/50/50
week 12-16 nolvadex 40/40/20/20
Not quite mate.
Watch bigger faster stronger ..that's how it really is.
Vlcd is all that works. Crash diets are non sustainable and you end up going back in to old habits.
Its all about changing your thinking and will power.
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studies show (oh yes) that controlling your diet tends to be the biggest variable in weight loss. i.e. many people go nuts with exercise but fail to control diet and their body fat %. cut out saturated fats and sugar - or in basic terms, avoid processed foods.
If you want to hit a target weight, you won't get there by increasing lean muscle mass. You get there by decreasing your fat mass. The best goal to have is to lose LESS muscle while you lose weight. Classic weightlifter cutting programs are going to get you in the ball park. You will note the big differences between the gaining and cutting diets. Also bear in mind that you aren't supposed to be able to do the cut diets long term!
So much is genetics and habit - I weigh 73kgs on a fat day at 6'1". I've weighed this since I was 15. I'm 32. I sat around and ate pizza for breakfast and managed to get up to a shade under 80. Did some regular exercise, and bam. Down to 72. I'm famous for eating half a block of chocolate every day at work, just to make sure I have enough carbs to ride home.
I've done this and it works. I thought about eating 'real' food as in fruit, veggies, legumes, eggs, milk etc. Processed food doesn't have the same nutrient density as good whole foods so you need more to get your nutrients. The other thing I found with processed food is that it made me hungry. Whereas with real food, I could eat less but at the same time feel less hungry. The only issue for me is that real food takes longer to prepare.
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Bought it, reading it, very interesting. Some of the studies are a bit shocking - I didn't think calorie restriction was such a bad thing, but... wow.
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Whilst this video is aimed at bodybuilding it is very enlightening and worth watching IMHO. Basically - lift heavy weights, smart supplementation, sensible diet (calorie controlled) all done consistently.
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Interesting easy to read articles. I'll have a good look at that site.
Couple of things bounced out at me;
- Essential amino acids are those that your body cannot make
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Firstly I must state that I'm neither a Vegan nor a Vegetarian but also add that I'm working towards those goals if they prove to be right for me.
However from your link
Additionally I believe (but don't have a link or reference handy) - Meat was classed as a superior source of protein thanks to lab tests on rats. Without wanting to sound like I'm being ignorant (I'd user sterner language but this is a family friendly forum and I like that) - rats are another species and have different dietary requirements.
EDIT TO ADD
I'm not a dietitian, nor a doctor and for those that have met me I'm the last to give dietary advice. I'm just trying to make sense of it all. My former Sister-in-law is a dietician though and she used to be a Vegan but no longer is (but hardly on a SAD diet though)
EDIT TO ADD 2
My apologies but I recalled where I'd read that from as soon as I posted it - Dr Mc Dougall http://www.drmcdougall.com/free_2e.html
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The articles on the Livestrong web site talks about essential Amino Acids, while the Dr Mc Dougall site mentions essential Vitamins.
Both are required.
As usual Wikipedia covers it pretty well.
Essential Amino Acids
Thanks guys, that's interesting
The way I treat my diet is to ensure that most of the food I eat comes from its base form, ie its basic meats, vegetables and fruit. I avoid manufactured and refined products. Most liquid form nutrition is usually bad for you, most contain concentrated sugars, for example don't drink orange juice eat an orange.
Like everyone my diet is not perfect, but its miles ahead of the bulk of the Australian public who lace themselves with sugar. For example on the way back from the Australian Masters Road Racing championships, I stopped to fill my car and had lunch in the fast food shop, burger king I think. There were two morbidly obese guys refilling their soft drink cups, taking advantage of the free refills.
With nutrition, its a journey where you never stand still. Two things happen;
1. Your diet migrates from where it is to somewhere else. The art is to influence it in the right direction.
2. Your nutritional knowledge improves. In the same way that I became aware of how manufactured foods represented poor value compared to base products, this thread has made me aware of more knowledge I can acquire;
- essential amino acids
- combining particular vegetables together
Should point out that you need to learn to walk before you learn to run. Learn and apply the basics before heading down more complicated paths. So don't bother too much with the advanced stuff until you have successfully migrated the core junk out of your dietary desires.
Now back on topic. A simple way to look at muscle mass is that whenever you use your muscles you damage the fibres. Then the body repairs them stronger using protein. Whether bigger muscles is good of bad for you depends on what you want your body to do.
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What actually occurs to the muscle fibre to make them stronger?
Do they become larger in diameter, grow in quantity, fibre composition changes or everything combined?
I thought muscle fibres only become damaged when their elastic strength (or yield point) is exceeded, and not whenever mucsles are used?
I assume the word "lean" implies minimal body fat and denser muscle mass? If not, what does "lean" imply in this context?
My muscle mass becomes less obvious when I use them less. Does this mean the muscle mass has decreased, and hence become less lean?
While the above video is a fairly long one, it is certainly worth watching as it will answer many of your questions.
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