Will Eating More Meat Add Muscle?
It is a fact that eating a high protein diet and performing resistance training will increase muscle. Lifting weights tears the muscle fibers and eating protein rebuilds the muscles bigger and stronger.
Your muscles are made of protein and amino acids. Most amino acids are produced in the body. However, essential amino acids (EAA) have to ingested through a food source. Following a high protein meal plan that contains mixed amounts of these EAAs help ensure increase muscle protein synthesis or the rebuilding of muscle.
Meat is a complete source of protein and rich in amino acids
. Lean proteins like chicken, tuna, egg whites and shrimp have less fat and carbohydrates than red meat. An overall daily protein intake in the range of 1.4–2.0 g protein/kg body weight/day (g/kg/d) for building and maintaining muscle mass is recommended by the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN).
For example, a person weighs 125 pounds (57 kilos), and they're working to increase their lean body mass (LBM). He/she would need 57 x 2.0 = 114 grams of protein a day.
Eating more protein is essential for recovery and growth of muscle as well as makes you feel fuller longer, which can help curb overeating.