4 reason why you need carbs to build muscle faster

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1. Carbs give you ENERGY To build bigger muscles

Some of the carbs you eat get stored in your muscles and the carbs that are stored in your muscles (called glycogen) are your muscles MAIN source of energy so…

If you eat enough carbs (or if carbs are 30-to-60% of your diet) then your muscles will have enough energy to make you lift heavier weights, do more reps and sets to build muscle faster but…

If you don't eat enough carbs then you may not have the energy you need to workout with enough intensity to make your muscles bigger & stronger.

2. Carbs allow protein to build more muscle for you

Your body uses carbs as its main source of energy and your body uses the protein you eat to build you bigger & stronger muscles but…

If you don't eat enough carbs then your body will use both the protein you eat and it may burn up some of your muscle mass (which is also made up of protein) for energy and…

If the protein you eat & your muscles are being used for energy then you're going to have a real hard time trying to build muscle fast so make sure you eat enough carbs to keep the muscle you have and to allow the protein you eat to build you more muscle.

3. Carbs make your muscles look much bigger!

The carbs or the glycogen stored in your muscles adds to the volume, size, and weight of your muscles and as a matter of fact…

Next to water and muscle protein, muscle glycogen is one of the largest contributors to muscle mass in your body so basically…

If you don't eat a lot of carbs then your muscles wont look as big as they actually could so think about it like this…

Pretend your muscles are a balloon and then pretend that the carbs you eat and the water you drink as the air you blow into the balloon making it get bigger - see more ways to make your muscles look bigger here

4. Carbs are a poor man's creatine

How many carbs do you actually need?

See how many carbs, proteins & fats you need to build muscle for a more detailed answer but generally…

Your diet should be 30-to-60% carbs and you can use this calculator here to see the exact amount in grams you need for carbs to build muscle and although carbs are very important to help you build muscle…

This does mean you should eat massive amounts of carbs everyday because…

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There are 7 comments

Good information, terrible grammar...

February 13, 2016


Using pictures of a pin cushion to somehow prove a point in your article was not a good start.

March 03, 2014


i mean,
for example only 10% percent of our calorie intake for carbs and the rest for proteins and healthy fats..
definitely that amount of carbs for pre- and post-workout to have energy..
does it really help to build muscle and lose fat in calorie surplus as well?

December 03, 2013

Adrian Bryant

you can build muscle on 10% carbs but everyone is different... you may do okay on 10% carbs but it's unlikely due to the reasons above and as for a surplus...

you can't lose fat eating too much unless you are burning the excess working out

December 03, 2013



but what about low carb diet that comes with high protein and high healthy fat?

December 02, 2013

Adrian Bryant

are you asking if you can still build muscle on that diet? the answer is yes but look at the points of the article above and what do you mean by low carb?

December 02, 2013


Amen brother, amen! I'm 49, bodybuild heavy ( but smart ) 3- 4 times a week , play in a mens touch football league once a week ( tons of sprints ), work full time as a music teacher , play gigs on the weekends and to say that the low carb diet I was on just wasn't happening.
I was suffering from joint pain, severe adrenal fatigue and muscle aches I attributed to being ' older '.
As soon as I ditched the low carb and started eating carbs it was like I was ' reborn ' !
My muscles did indeed fill out- no more flat look! I look like a bodybuilder again. Aches and pains are all gone! Back to benching 225 for 20 reps ,its unbelievable.
I think a person has to use the mirror to gauge how they are doing.
If the full muscle ripped look is starting to fade , then cut back slightly on the carbs, everyone has a genetic potential if that is the goal , if getting really big is the goal , then a person can eat more, its just that simple!
Personally I like being on the ripped side ( more women look at me when I am lol ).
Your well written article I believe should be the cornerstone to all interested in in superior development and health!

July 30, 2012

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