How Much Carbohydrates Per Pound Of Body Weight

Wait did I said how much carbohydrates and not how much protein per pound of body weight? Yeah you heard me I said carbohydrates and not protein we all calculate our protein intake well as we know muscles are made up of proteins and our body breaks down protein in amino acid which are then converted by body to protein so we make sure we work out enough for our body to utilize all of protein we intake and atleast gain enough muscles per week. We search online for protein per each food we intake and take out our calculator and start calculating those each and every bit of protein we intake and we are satisfied when we reach at-least 1 gram of protein per pound sounds familiar? Than what about carbohydrates, we don’t need to calculate carbohydrates right they just break down and are stored as fat and when cutting we need to loose that fat right we just need enough carbohydrates so to balance protein intake. Well wrong and wrong.

Carbohydrates provide energy to lift heavy

Well we all hate bio chemistry, but I am still going to explain basic bio chemistry to you so you can understand importance of carbohydrates and next time when you calculate your micros you calculate your carbohydrate intake along with your protein intake. So here we go, carbohydrates provide us energy when our body utilized glycogen in aerobic respiration in presence of oxygen a reaction takes place inside our body in mitochondria and our body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose and in process release energy in from of ATP. These ATP are later used by our body for everything that requires energy basically think of ATP as energy packets, they are used when we lift weight inside gym that is why its best to have some glycogen inside your body when you go to gym so your body can break down that glycogen when aerobic respiration takes place and release energy in process which helps you lift more weight so more energy = more weight lift and more weight lift = more muscles

Carbohydrates help in protein synthesis

So carbohydrates help you lift more weight not bad ha? Well that’s not it, carbohydrates also help in protein synthesis, when we intake protein that protein is broken down into amino acid which are building blocks of protein, our body can’t use protein it needs to convert that protein into simpler for and then that amino acid is again converted into protein which are muscle tissue in our body and this is anabolic process meaning this requires energy to help your body build muscle if there is not enough energy you body won’t be able to build complex protein molecules that is muscle tissue from amino acid so that is why you need to stay in caloric surplus to build muscle carbohydrates are required for your body to build muscle of course in absence of carbohydrates your body will start converting protein into energy through inefficient process. I said inefficient meaning that your body will have to work a bit hard to build muscle from protein and won’t build that much muscle on low carbohydrates diet so next time you are saying I am on low carb diet and still building muscles think again its unlikely according to bio chemistry 😉

How much carbohydrates do I really need

I hope you are convinced till now that you need carbohydrates to grow and you must be asking how much carbohydrates do I need, you need at-least 2.2 grams of carbohydrates according to my personal experience you may find 2.5 gram of carbohydrates per gram in other articles and some might even suggest less gram of carbohydrates but when bulking I would say you should aim for 2 to 2.2 grams of carbohydrates per pound of your body weight and you will be surprised by results this amount won’t build that much fat but will build lots of muscle lot faster if you are on low carbohydrates diet you should definitely change that and its time to grow


Carbohydrates not only help us lift more weight in gym but they also help us build those muscles and get really build and that is the reason we can’t gain muscles without gaining fat. We need to have enough energy for our body to build protein and perform other functions as not only protein but enzymes, antibodies etc all require protein+carbohydrates so next time you are about to throw away that high carb diet just because you don’t want to gain that extra fat make sure you are eating at-least 2.2 grams of carbohydrates per pound of your body weight otherwise you better start eating

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