Separate fact from fiction and learn how eating the right amount of protein at the right time can help you get better results from your workouts. By: Marie Spano, MS, RD
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Truth: Though protein is necessary for gaining muscle mass, size, and strength, athletes must consume enough total calories to also facilitate weight gain. This is especially important for young men with high calorie needs. Consume too much protein and you may actually hamper your plan to gain weight. Higher protein meals trigger the release of hormones to your brain, telling it that your stomach is full. Therefore, a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat is necessary for building muscle and gaining weight.