HEALTH & FITNESS ARTICLES
How to Build Muscles
Determining Calories for Muscle Building
FORMULA FOR MEN:
A very active male seeking weight (muscle) gain = ideal body weight x 17
A moderately active male seeking weight (muscle) gain = ideal body weight x 16
Inactive male beginning a weight (muscle) gain exercise program = ideal bodyweight x 15
FORMULA FOR WOMEN
A very active female seeking weight (muscle) gain = ideal body weight x 15
A moderately active female seeking weight (muscle) gain = ideal body weight x 13
Inactive female beginning a weight (muscle) gain exercise program = ideal bodyweight x 12
HERE'S AN EXAMPLE:
A moderately active male currently weighing 160 pounds wants to Build Muscles. His goal is to add five pounds of muscle to his frame. Here is the formula: 165 (ideal body weight) x 16 (moderately active male) = 2,640 calories. Please keep it realistic! If you're 160 pounds and you place 250 pounds into the formula as your ideal weight, you'll just get fat!
DETERMINING RATIO OF PROTEIN, CARBOHYDRATE AND FATS
Now that we know how to determine calories, let's take a look at how to calculate ratios of protein, carbohydrate and fats.
The 55 percent carbohydrate (keep refined carbohydrates to a minimum) will provide ample energy for intense workouts, and the 30 percent protein will provide the necessary building blocks for muscle. Also, the 15 percent fat will help with strength levels. Most people interested in building muscle will actually lose strength if dietary fat is reduced too low.
Below is an example using our imaginary male, who will be consuming 2,640 calories.
Fifty-five percent of 2,640 calories = 1,452 calories from carbohydrate
Thirty percent of 2,640 calories = 792 calories from protein, 15 percent of 2,640 calories = 396 calories
There are metabolic differences between various individuals, so sometimes these ratios need to be slightly skewed. Keep in mind that this is about Building Muscles, not having fat loss as your primary goal. Fat loss ratios and calorie calculations are different than the above.