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Old 08-01-2008, 09:15 AM
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Simple question: if your aim is to build/define muscle but not gain body mass, do you still need to eat over the recommended daily intake of calories?

I have whey milkshakes twice a day to boost protein but the woman in the shop said protein can be ineffective for a while if you're a newbie because your muscles don't know how best to use it. Is this true and, if so, what can you do? Just accept it won't help for a while and hope it kicks in eventually?

Also, how much protein should you have if you're looking to build/define muscle? I'm currently on about double the recommended intake for a norma man (55 x 2 = 110) - enough or more needed?

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Simple question: if your aim is to build/define muscle but not gain body mass, do you still need to eat over the recommended daily intake of calories?
Simple question: How do you plan on building your muscles without them getting bigger?

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the woman in the shop said protein can be ineffective for a while if you're a newbie because your muscles don't know how best to use it. Is this true and, if so, what can you do?
99% bullshit.

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Also, how much protein should you have if you're looking to build/define muscle?
1.5-2g per pound of bodyweight is a good number
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Simple question: How do you plan on building your muscles without them getting bigger?
Go easy, I'm a newbie and I was just asking. For all I know you can turn existing mass which isn't very toned or defined, into muscle. If this isn't the case, fine.
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I wasn't trying to be harsh, I was trying to get you to think. Try not to think about "mass" the way that you mentioned it above. It's easier to quantify "mass" in terms of muscle or fat. Starting out, a lot of your strength gains can be accredited to neural adaptations. After/along with that, you'll grow and gain lean body mass as long as the fuel for growth is there (an excess amount of calories).
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