Question about Maintaining muscle mass

Jay

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hi to all lao jiao out there have some noob question about the above... we all noe that by consuming 1g-1.5g of protein per 1 pound of muscle mass in order to build muscle but of coz we need tear our muscle fibers first. so my question is when u have attained the muscle mass u have desires and u maintain on high protein intake does catabolism still occurs when one stop working out??
 

MalcolmX

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The term catabolism refers to the state of the body in which body compounds are broken down for energy purposes. If you're not consuming sufficient carbohydrates that your body requires (such as to maintain your current muscle mass), your body will start breaking down muscle tissue for glucose.

To answer your question, catabolism can occur not only when one stop working out (which i infer that you mean quitting weights and gym stuff for some time). It can occur whenever there is an insufficient intake of carbohydrates.
 

Jay

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so does it means so long as one supply Sufficient carbs and protein they get to keep their mass muscle mass even not working out?
 

MalcolmX

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so does it means so long as one supply Sufficient carbs and protein they get to keep their mass muscle mass even not working out?
Consuming sufficient nutritions such as carbs and proteins, provide the necessary building blocks to maintain or grow muscle mass. But that is not enough to "keep" muscle mass.

Your body is a dynamic thing. Put simply, if you don't use your muscle, you will lose it. This is especially so if you have built up plenty of muscle mass and suddenly quit lifting the weights u normally work on. To survive, your body do not require huge excesses of muscle mass. The extra muscle mass you gained from heavy lifting would eventually be broken down by your body if you do not periodically provide the sufficient stimulus to "shock" your muscles. i.e. give it a reason to exist.

So to maintain muscle mass, continue to work out :cool:
 

thecakeisalie

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If you don't use it, you'll lose it. Even pro bodybuilders go to the gym regularly.

If you don't work out this is what happens!

 

justified

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quite possible he looked like that. lol. anyway his clothing mostly covered it all up