Significant numbers of people decide to join a gym each year. For some, their aim is simply to improve fitness levels, but many others wish to increase their lean body mass, and to look and feel better. However, of all the people who start an exercise plan with the best of intentions, only a fraction continue for very long. For some people, the main reason for discontinuing their exercise regime is that they do not see progress fast enough; and the primary reason for this is that they fail to recognize the importance that a protein diet plan has on progress. A high protein diet plan is an essential ingredient in increasing lean body mass and improving one’s physique.
When trying to gain weight, the amount of protein that needs to be consumed is much more than some people imagine. In fact, it is often recommended that a person needs to consume between 1 and 1.5 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass every day.
To calculate your lean body mass, you must first know your total weight and your body fat percentage. You can find both by purchasing a set of scales that also calculates body fat. These types of scales work by passing a very small (and safe) electric current through the body – because fat resists electricity at a different rate than muscle / bone etc., the scales can determine the amount of body fat by the current that is returned.
When you know your total weight and body fat percentage simply multiply your total weight by BF% and then minus the result from your total weight.
As an example, if a man weighs 170 pounds and has 15% body fat: We multiply 170 by 0.15 to get 25.5. We would then minus 25.5 from 170 to get a total lean body mass of 144.5 pounds.
This means that to consume enough protein for high protein diet plans, our hypothetical man would need to consume between 144.5 and 216.75 grams of protein each day.
Whatever your reasons for working out, do not discount the importance of a high protein diet plan. This is how the body repairs and grows muscle tissue, and without an adequate supply, you will not make the gains that you could.
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