Protein Vs Calories

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    Dec 06, 2007 3:54 PM GMT
    Is weight gain possible without excessive calories as long as I'm consuming above my body weight in grams of protein (1.5 grams per lb right?) I guess more specifically I'm asking if I must consume more calories than I use to gain muscle.
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    Dec 06, 2007 11:12 PM GMT
    We're all subject to the laws of thermodynamics. If you burn up more than you put in, you won't gain anything - much less muscle.
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    Dec 14, 2007 3:31 AM GMT
    Thing about protein is that through digestion you instantly burn 25% of a protein calorie so your only getting .75 out of 1 gram, meaning you need more fat/carbs to pad it.
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    Dec 14, 2007 3:38 AM GMT
    The fact of the matter is that, even though you may be eating more protein, your body still needs energy. Protein, while the body can use it as a source of energy, is not a preferred source. However, if protein is your primary source, your body will use up extra protein for energy and use the leftovers for muscle building, store some as fat, and excrete the rest. (How much muscle one builds, of course, is dependent on many other things, like heredity, hormones, etc.)

    I'd say keep some carbs in your diet. You could probably stand to cut some of them out, but, just remember, when your body demands energy, it's going to get it from somewhere, whether it be carbs, fat, or protein.