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How to get muscle mass in the diet? (Training, nutrition)

The most important task of training in the diet is to provide the stimulus for maintaining the muscles. Anyone who has laboriously built up lean muscle mass for a few years does not want to lose it again during a diet. There are two key factors in maintaining muscle mass:

the essentials in brief

  • Keep training weights high, Volume (sets per week) by up to 50% to 66% to reduce.
  • enough protein in food (~ 2-3 g / kg body weight)

1. Training: keep the intensity high!

The most important stimulus for the body to maintain its muscles is that it continues to receive a training stimulus.

The worst thing you can do is drop the weights and exercise less. However, you don't have to continue to train as you needed to build muscle.

You can reduce your weekly volume (sets per week) to 1/3 of the volume that was necessary for the build-up. At least if you've been training at high volume.

Tavares et al. have shown that intermediate beginners were able to maintain their built-up muscle mass and strength for 8 weeks after reducing training from 24 sets per week to 8 per week.1Tavares LD, de Souza EO, Ugrinowitsch C, Laurentino GC, Roschel H, Aihara AY, Cardoso FN, Tricoli V. Effects of different strength training frequencies during reduced training period on strength and muscle cross-sectional area. Eur J Sport Sci. 2017 Jul; 17 (6): 665-672. doi: 10.1080 / 17461391.2017.1298673. Epub 2017 Mar 19. PubMed PMID: 28316261.

It doesn't matter whether you train once a week or twice a week. As long as the weekly volume is the same.

Recommended training reduction from Fitness-Experts.de:

Keep training weights high, reduce volume (sets per week) by up to 50% to 66%.

In our BURN diet, for example, we use 50% of the weekly volume in the training plans, as is necessary for optimal muscle building. Since the BURN diet works with a moderate deficit, you can exercise more there. And better safe than sorry.

In the high speed diet, on the other hand, we actually reduce the training volume by 66%. Due to the high dietary stress, you only do what is necessary to maintain muscle.

Concrete example: An athlete exercises his chest twice a week with 4 × 8 repetitions of bench press with 90 kg followed by 2 × 12 repetitions of dips (body weight). He does 12 sets a week for the chest with it.

While on a diet, he can reduce his training to once a week with 2 × 8 repetitions of bench presses with 90 kg followed by 2 × 12 repetitions of dips (body weight). This corresponds to 4 sentences per week (33% of 12 sentences). This is a sufficient stimulus to hold the muscles - provided there is an adequate supply of protein. It is important not to lower the training weight.

2. Diet: Sufficient protein

There is a general lack of energy in the body during a diet. Since the muscles serve as energy stores for the body, it will use these protein deposits when it deems it necessary. The biggest problem with poor diets and also the reason for rapid muscle breakdown: insufficient protein intake.

If you add the protein with the food, this problem disappears. The body does not have to tackle its own protein stores. Consequently, the basic building block of a good diet is a protein intake of around 1.7-3 g / kg body weight.

Read more details here:How much protein do I need per day? The optimal amount

With a high protein intake you also benefit from good satiety (which can be crucial during a diet), as well as the highest TEF value of all 3 macronutrients.

3. The time after the diet

Basically, you should always give yourself a transition period of about two weeks between a hard diet or build-up phase. So do not start a heavily calorie-restricted diet straight away from the hard build-up phase. The hormonal adjustments take time.

In addition, it is not uncommon to see muscle gains in the maintenance phase after the build-up phase. This effect would rather be diminished by an immediate diet.

The same applies the other way around: After a diet lasting several weeks, the hormonal milieu of the body is adapted to the stress of losing weight. High cortisol levels, low leptin levels, and a slightly reduced metabolic rate take time to normalize. In addition, the glycogen stores and other energy substrates in the muscles tend to be depleted.

It makes sense to slowly get your body used to the original training volume again. A slow but continuous increase in volume has proven its worth.

This means nothing more than that a sentence is added here and there from training to training. This is especially important when transitioning from a diet phase to a build-up phase.

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External Articles:

  • Lyle Mcdonald: "Weight Training for Fat Loss" Part 1, Part 2

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