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Does a 15 year old boy need a protein supplement to gain muscle?
Whatever information young people are being given concerning Protein and Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) supplementation is simply not supported by good scientific research. First of all, muscles aren’t made of protein, they are primarily made of water (78%) which is why steroids, HGH work; they cause the muscle to retain water. If the muscle is made primarily of water, and it retains water, it gets bigger and with bigger usually comes stronger. However, the potential side effects are simply not worth it.

At the age of 15 and younger, boy’s don’t have the hormone developed in their bodies that allow much, if any, muscle bulk. Extra protein is not going to help! Spending money on protein supplements and or ( branched chain amino acids (BCAA), in my opinion, is a waste of money.

In order to gain one pound of muscle you must take in 2500 calories per week more than is required by your body, have a good resistive exercise program of the proper type and, drink plenty of water; then you only have the potential to gain one pound of muscle in 7 days. I refer you to my new book “The Winning Edge: Fueling & Training The Body For Peak Performance” as a reference and training guide.

To figure out how much protein you need each day, take your weight, divide it by 2.2 (converting to kilograms), then multiply the result by .8 to a maximum of 1.8. This will tell you how many grams of protein are needed each day. Use .8 for the average individual and 1.8 for the professional or Olympic athlete who trains 5-6 days per week. If you eat normally you will get an adequate amount of protein from your diet. You literally have to starve to death not to get enough protein.

For more information on this topic read the article entitled "Amino Acids, Proteins and Exercise Performance" included on this website.

Author/speaker and an expert in ”Sports Performance Enhancement”. Jack Medina is available for speaking engagements, consultation and personal training of athletes in various sports, professional and amateur. Jack has written a new book, “The Winning Edge: Fueling & Training The Body For Peak Performance” with Dr. Roy Vartabedian, an internationally known New York Times Best Selling Author of the “Nutripoints” program for optimal nutrition. Both books are available online at Jack also has a monthly ezine (newsletter) available free which can be subscribed to on his website. All subscriber’s addresses will be confidential and not sold or given to any other organization or group.

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