Whilst it is true that without a sufficient amount of protein you will not grow the muscle you want; most individuals manage to meet this requirement, with a bit of work and guidance, and yet still fall short of the muscle growth they desire.
In our experience it’s actually a lack of carbohydrates which hinders peoples’ muscle growth more, often thanks to an inherent fear that carbs will make us fat or simply because too much focus is placed on protein intake.
The reality is that carbohydrates provide the body with vital energy to train and recover and are therefore crucial for us to grow. As a general rule of thumb, once you’ve worked out your base level of protein and fats, these can stay relatively stable it’s the carbs you then need to focus on; flexing up and down to ensure muscle growth occurs.
There’s no doubt that muscle growth is incredibly challenging and there are many factors to consider, but if you’re low on carbs it’s going to be very difficult to see the results you want, so don’t be afraid to carb it up, especially after a big weights session!
Yas has an unrivalled passion for health and fitness and is dedicated to helping promote a healthy body image and greater self-confidence amongst clients. With years of training experience behind her, Yas has worked with clients from beginner to national sports-level, producing results in body composition and strength which speak for themselves. Having trained countless women, including herself, through pregnancy she is a strong advocate for pre and postnatal exercise and is passionate about encouraging women to discover the many benefits of strength training through pregnancy.