However eating a diet overly high in protein is a great way to limit the amount of muscle you build, especially as an ectomorph. I’ve been doing a lot of research lately into clinical studies conducted on muscle growth. It seems like once the minimum required amount of protein is met, eating more protein on top of that has very little effect beyond the extra calories that you get from it.
Jose Antonio is the director in chief of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN)—the journal that publishes all the best muscle-building nutrition studies—believes that a very high protein diet is ideal for building muscle, and he has been doing a lot of fascinating research into very high protein diets lately. So while we do need to eat enough protein, we don’t need the bodybuilder style 1-2g protein per pound bodyweight when trying to put on muscle. In addition to this, protein is also the most filling of all the macronutrients. Eating a lot of calories while also eating a lot of protein is miserably difficult, and us ectomorphs already have enough trouble eating enough to gain weight. As you may be noticing, us ectomorphs often stumble into doing mainstream appetite control tricks for chubby people trying to be lean and muscular.
Second, some of the carbohydrates we eat are stored in our muscles in the form of muscle glycogen, and it’s that glycogen that entirely fuels our weightlifting workouts (study, study). For most ectomorphs eating enough to gain weight, 20% of your calories coming from protein works out to a little over a gram of protein per pound bodyweight – and that’s more than enough protein while still leaving plenty of room for other nutrients. This may sound counterintuitive, considering that muscle can only be synthesized out of protein, and that carbs are currently infamous for being the fat-causing macronutrient… but they actually have a ton of anabolic effects and really don’t have much risk of being converted into fat if you consume them intelligently. Opening the door to meals that are higher in carbs and just moderate in protein makes bulking a whole helluva lot more realistic.
Naturally chubby guys often respond better to a diet higher in protein and fats, and these guys make up the majority.
Protein is a perfectly fine macronutrient, and you can digest over 100 grams of it in a single meal without a hitch.
As you can imagine, this opens the door to eating a pretty delicious, nutritious and well balanced diet even when trying to bulk up in a hurry.
If you want to master this once and for all and gain 20-30 pounds over the next couple of months check out our full step-by-step muscle-building system for naturally skinny dudes – complete with training program, nutrition program, recipe book, exercise videos, members community and individualized coaching from us. That’s a really really interesting topic and it would take me ages to dig into it with any kind of thoroughness.
There are potentially some factually false statements and misquoted pieces of information though. In addition my buddy also confirmed that he didn’t need as much protein as he thought even tho he is more endo. Eating less meat is also better for the planet I think since we wouldn’t have to farm animals so much, necessitating the need for dirty and unethical factory farms. During the first week I was craving the meat a little but eventually substituted it for more starchy carbs but I never neglected veggies. Normally my body doesn’t react to pasta very well (bloated afterwards) but this time it was fine.
What I definately found about the vegan diet was that tissue recovery was a little slower than a diet with more protein. Shane DuquetteMost whole food carbs are pretty good (potatoes, yams, quinoa, fruits, beans, lentils, dairy, whole gains, oats, etc). The heavily processed stuff, like stuff made out of refined flour (pasta, pastries, etc), isn’t very nutritious, since pretty much all of the vitamins and minerals are processed out of it.
As for insulin, that DOES have a big effect on how much muscle you can build, and it very is something you’d want to be optimizing surrounding your workout! Just stumbled across this site a few days ago and being a tall ecto-mesomorph (or something like that) I find the concept of your site very intriguing. I’m a type 1 diabetic, so consuming large amounts of carbohydrates in a single sitting becomes somewhat problematic.
Yes, I realize I should talk to my doctor before making changes to my diet, blah blah, but one dude to another, do you have any thoughts on my dilemma, or is this the reason I’ve never gotten truly beastly?
Everyone is a little different and having a medical issue certainly warrants adjusting the diet to suit your particular needs. The good news is though that you don’t NEED to consume massive amounts of carbohydrates in a single sitting. Shane DuquetteSome think that women respond better to diets with a few fewer carbs and a higher protein intake, so perhaps, yeah. I am a (french ) ectomorph, i have improved my posture and my strengh during othe last year. It’s quite ironic really, as a lot of the things I have been talking about this past month have been about how to progress past that 6 or 4 week training period. You see, your body is very smart, in a sense that it is very good at adapting to any environment that you place it in. As I mentioned earlier, your body is quite smart with it’s ability to adapt to change. Now, the idea of interval training whether that be in the weights room or on the bike, is to keep your body guessing. The base Fit Buzz workout for all of our workouts are based on strength training on the quest to getting strong, lean and sexy. If you have become a victim to any of the above, then introducing a cycling approach to your training may just be your savior. So the natural thing for you to do in your training is to take a step back after an initial 4-6 week push, start again with lighter weights after about a week before going full throttle again, steadily increasing the weight over the next 3-4 months. If you follow Fit Buzz on Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, email or any other platform that we use. This works for muscle building, because unlike fat loss, you can spot reduce to some degree. The only reason that you need to take extra supplementation is to fuel your body of the nutrients it lacks from your natural everyday meals.
An example of this is your quest to refuel your body with ALL of the proteins that your body requires.
If you have had a read of the lifestyle diet ebook, you would have learned about ALL the common foods that you can consume and how they are rated from a health perspective, with A being the most highest rating and with F being the lowest. One example of this is when you consume foods such as fish on the quest to supply your body of good fats Omega 3 and Omega 6. The reason why it’s a better idea to focus on strength training opposed to cutting calories to get lean, is because when you cut calories, you run the risk of cutting lean muscle mass along the way. Knowing that one must stretch really is old news that we all picked up back in our physical education days.
Like most people I learned early on, the importance of stretching before taking up any high performance activity, as I saw first hand the results and damage caused from not doing so from other family members activities. Stretching improves joint range of motion, improves the function of your muscles and improves neuro-muscular control or efficiency.
The good thing about stretching is that it can be done anywhere, at home, on the track or at the gym, but it’s important to first understand the principles of warming up and warming down.
Is what you do after you exercise.  Doing this will help your muscles recover and reduce soreness. Just be sure not to stretch for more than 30 seconds on any one muscle and to never bounce. All of the above are stretches that you should perform, there are of course others too (I’ll update this page soon). Stay-Fit Buzz: It appears that you have travelled to quite a few places, which is a great way to spread your personal brand in my opinion.
Stay-Fit Buzz: There are a good number of inspirational fitness icons from the South American region, especially women.
Stay-Fit Buzz: Most people just want to be involved in fitness to stay active, healthy and to of course stay in shape and look great.
Alice: A year after searching for my coach, I simply kept to a basic training principles and keeping good form, as this is what was required for me to begin competing. Stay-Fit Buzz: Eating clean is just one of the things you have to do if you want to get in shape.


Alice Matos is an upcoming  IFBB BIKINI INTERNATIONAL Fitness model from Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, southern Brazil.
As a Fitbuzzer, your body is simply made up of Central Nervous System trained muscles with a tiny layer of fat on top. How many times have you walked up to the scale, been disappointed with the weight on the scale (You wished you were heavier) but then looked in the mirror and found that you’re actually happy with what you see? How many times have you walked up to the scale, have been happy with the weight, but disappointed with what you see? According to that chart (Some differ by a few percentages more) this women is considered obese. Just like the scale, these height and weight only charts don’t factor in your actual body fat percentage.
We have covered the non-effecient ways to measure your weight and body fat percentage, let’s start looking at some of the better solutions for a more accurate reading.
You have to be able to blow all of the air out of your lungs before going in the water, otherwise your body fat percentage will appear to be higher than what it really is.
You’ll find essential fat in your liver, heart, bone marrow, nerves, brain and in all other organs of your body.
This is the fat that deposits right underneath your skin and is where most of your body fat is stored.
With the later, it therefore makes for a near accurate measurement of body fat testing by pinching folds of fat in 3 or 4 locations around your body.
Well it is true that you can use this method doing it yourself by purchasing skinfold calipers. However, once you do become fairly skilled using this form of self testing (After a bit of practice and avoiding human errors such as taking a horizontal fold when it should be a vertical fold), the next step is to ensure that your testing method is reliable and consistent. The only thing that really matters is that you notice a reduction or increase in body fat percentage. Now, I’ve talked about how to calculate your lean body mass and overall desired weight before.
To kill all kinds of confusion with these terms, your lean body mass is simply the total weight of your body minus the fat.
Most of them are funded by supplement companies who pay their bills by selling protein powders, so these companies have a huge vested interest in proving that more protein = more muscles. Beyond that amount it hasn’t been proven that more protein results in any more muscle growth whatsoever (study, study, study, study).
If you get even just 20% of your calories from protein you’re eating 170 grams of protein. Your body expends a certain amount of energy digesting and processing nutrients, and this is dubbed the thermic effect of food (TEF).
Bulking diets become far easier when you’re getting more of your calories from carbs or fats.
If you try to bulk on high protein diet you’ll probably be eating tons of meat and tons of dairy (especially whey protein powder). Things like muesli cereal with milk, or peanut butter and banana sandwiches—these are super cheap, super healthy, super easy to prepare, quite high in calories, and the nuts, grains and dairy will still provide the minimum amount of protein per meal that you need to spike great muscle protein synthesis (20g). It may unfairly vilify certain foods, but it’s easy to understand and works pretty well for the vast majority of people. If you were asking me how to maintain your muscle mass or lose fat my nutrition advice would be different… but we’re trying to build muscle here. It won’t strain your kidneys, stress your liver, make you ugly, lower your sperm count, or any of the other anti-protein myths you may have heard (study). You just don’t need ludicrous amounts of it when trying to build optimal amounts of lean muscle as an ectomorph.
Everyone is a little different, which is why it can be really helpful to track your results and adjust accordingly… but likely you’ll want to be getting 50% or so of those calories from dense and healthy carbohydrates—potatoes, yams, fruits, grains, rice, dairy, legumes, etc. Thanks for bringing it up though, and this is a great place to at least expand on it a tiny bit. Many researchers believe that the most, if not all, of the information in the book has been refuted by studies that are conducted in a manner that are far more scientifically reliable (randomized controlled trials > epidemiology and correlation). But he also trained really hard and that’s where I think training is underrated and eating right is overrated. That being said I do love my meat but maybe we all should cut back to a few times a week and preferably from free range animals. SunWarrior makes some pretty good stuff, and you can even get vegan creatine, BCAAs, b12 and DHA. All of those are packed full of vitamins and minerals and excellent at building up tons of lean muscle. The calories can help though, and added into an already very nutritious diet it can certainly do the trick!
I have read contradicting information about the benefits of carbs in a post workout shake in these two articles.
I liked to blame my diabetes as the reason for being skinny growing up and since come to believe that wasn’t the case, but perhaps I wasn’t too far off the mark?
You’re totally right, in that you should consult your doctor before making changes to your diet.
I definitely wouldn’t let something like this discourage you from accomplishing your goals.
As a frame of reference, I’ve managed to gain 20# in a year (still in the same clothes size though- go muscle!) by eating and lifting like a dude but lately have kind of stalled and my lifts are starting to plateau. Pretty lucky, as they’re the cheapest macronutrient out there, pretty quick to prepare and they taste pretty great! And about low carb athletes and their diet like developed in “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance from Volek?
The Paleo diet, like most other diets, also does some great things though: avoiding processed food, eating plenty of veggies, getting in lots of protein, etc.
Losing fat by entering into ketosis is EQUALLY as effective as losing fat by not entering into ketosis, so it’s really a matter of preference. That is also the reason why it’s hard to achieve noticeable results thereafter, because in order to change how your body looks, you have to lift weights.
Keep repeating the pattern, but starting the new cycling with a heavier weight than the previous one every time. Now, you probably know that 70% of your results will be due to what you do in the 20 something hours when you DON’T workout (The workout is simply the trigger for change). Which for some Fitbuzzers may be the cause of the problem in regards to stubborn body parts.
Improvements are introduced week by week, so it only gets better for you and all fellow Fitbuzzers. But as the years go on, it seems more and more people seem to forget not only that they need to stretch, but the importance of doing so.
You notice (subconsciously) that Tom and Dick stretch at the end of every session, but you also notice (subconsciously) that Harry doesn’t. Every movement you make from daily activities, exercise and sports require your joints to move through a full range of motion. My favorites have always been quadriceps, calf, standing hamstring and hip flexor stretches.
What gave you the desire to want to compete and what was the experience like when you first hit the stage? He invited me to participate in the IFBB Championship and I have been a runner-up in Brazil. You clearly achieved that by not being afraid to apply resistance training to your workouts.
Because we know that there are many factors that can affect how one person will look and develop compared to a next person. In fact, lifting weights to get lean while maintaining your current diet may just be a better option than actual dieting.


The reason is because most people make the mistake of worshipping the scale first before anything else. Which is wrong, because this women simply has more fat than muscle, but she is definitly not obese, because she only weighs 110lbs. But as you can see, he has a very low body fat percentage, probably has stacks of lean muscle mass (Which aids to his weight – This is the kind of weight gain that you want by the way. If you was a foolish person (One of the above two examples), you would go and cry yourself to sleep if you judged your progress by weight only.
It’s called essential because your body needs it to insulate and protect against heat loss as well as storing energy. The selling point being that this method is practical in addition to using the mirror and progress pictures to track progress. I always talk about that maximum 50% of lean muscle that you could lose if you screw up and start crash or starve dieting, and by using this formula, you will be able to tell if you’ve gained or even lost muscle.
You can simply plug your details into this formula and start working towards your goal weight. More carbs and more calories means we’re able to build more muscle out of less protein. However, his studies still aren’t showing that much of a benefit despite the incredibly high protein intakes.
For chubsters this is often the express highway to fatville, but for us ectomorphs this is an incredible tool for loving a calorie-heavy diet that will have us building loads of muscle. In fact, you can build tons of extra muscle just by having carb-filled post-workout shakes without any protein in them at all, especially if they have creatine in them (study).
In order to do this we need to intelligently stimulate our muscles and increase our calorie intake. Even beefy guys will often benefit from consuming plenty of carbs within the two hours following their workouts if they’re looking to maximize muscle gain while minimizing fat gain. And maybe 30% from nutritious fats—olive oil, butter, avocados, fish oil, nuts, coconut oil, eggs, cheese, etc.
Is it possible for an animal rights activist to be unbiased when it comes to animals products and health … of course. I think it’s really noble, and all the vegans I know are really kind and incredible people. The point referring to insulin counteracting growth hormone levels is an interesting one that I thought you might be able to address, as I am quite confused about which method to go with. Nutrient timing and carb cycling are just bits of the puzzle, and not nearly as significant as the quantity and quality of what you eat overall! Women and men both respond really favourably to lifting heavy and eating a wholesome balanced diet. Doing so will demand for your body to keep on adapting which in turn will force it to use more energy and burn more fat. This basically means to perform common or specific compound movements in a way that targets a desired muscle group. But a long the way, try and make the shift towards maintaining a base caloric intake while performing strength training workouts to stay lean.
It seems that some people think they are either invincible, lazy or for guys, they may have an immature or stubborn view that stretching is for girls or wimps! But I like what I do and I usually have an affect on people who live with me and even those who do not know me personally. The feeling of going on stage and to represent Brazil is indescribable and only motivates me to improve. In preparation for competitions, I do not do much exercise for the abdomen and for my legs, I have to work the quadriceps hard and perform more aerobic exercise to avoid looking too bulky, but defined. For me it is a commitment to go train and it made me addicted to endorphins, the feeling of pleasure of work well done. The reason for the confusion is that the scale doesn’t tell you how much of your weight is fat and how much of your weight is muscle. So if you’re using these charts as a tool, just understand that the devil is in the details.
Because when we talk about the mirror, we’re talking about the mirror using only your eyes to gauge progress.
The main reason for this is because when you are dipped under water, the fat on your body will float and the muscle on your body will sink. But for a more practical approach, the next method is what you may want to add to your mirror solution. Which is why for some newer self testers, it may be best to start with an experienced professional.
In fact it can’t build muscle, since muscle is build directly out of digested protein. That will give you more than the required amount of protein, and any extra is muscle gravy. I have one qualm with this post, however and that’s the, excess amounts of protein have no adverse affects on health. Your growth hormone levels will be stellar overall just from training heavy, eating well and getting plenty of quality rest anyway. In which case, you turn to a fish oil supplement for the solution, which of course, should usually be consumed with your natural food source. This unfortunately happens quite often, and when it does, you’ve got a Harry on your hands. Building muscle is hard for men and women equally, without regard to the biological factor that is more favorable for men. Since overweight people living that lifestyle are so prevalent, this is great nutrition advice for the masses. If our goal is rapid muscle gain we should even be eating plenty of carbs up to 48 hours after our last workout (within reason). We’re always on guard for things that indicate that things may or may not be good for us or our goals. The trick is finding what works best but if you are a conscious human being you will wake up and put in the effort. I hear some people have a strong preference for it though, as it’s good at eliminating cravings. Honestly, the only real world method of knowing if you’ve changed or not is when your peers tell you that you have.
Only 3% of the population wants to gain weight, so, for better or worse, we are not the masses. Have you had to fight to keep a high metabolism to maintain the body that you’ve built?
Keep on repeating that process and you’ll gain back MORE each time you do it, because each time will result in a loss of even more lean muscle, which you now know helps you keep the fat off.
Of course, you can always take progress pictures when you KNOW you have reached a new goal weight (From being in a near obese state) and then analyse the changes. As ectomorphs we have higher metabolisms and naturally expend a lot of energy (often as heat).
Was building muscle as hard as they say compared to the relative ease at which men build muscle? But it’s always best to include a practical and accurate method of testing your body composition for measuring progress. But of course, we want to get you there in the quickest time possible, which is why we create program’s for that specific purpose.



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