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Building muscle

You can mess up a lot more in one week than you can improve in six months of training.

Through a six-month strength-training program, one study showed older people could increase their muscle with an impressive 2.9 pounds. However, another study showed that bed-rest could make you lose 3.1 pounds of muscle within just one week.

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If you exercise first you're more of what you just ate. Amino acids from protein is a source of raw materials. It also acts as a signalling molecule, triggering the growth of new muscle.

Over 50 percent of the protein just eaten will make it into a person's circulation within five hours; the rest will be taken up by tissues in the gut or will not be absorbed. In the same period, 11 percent of ingested protein is incorporated into new muscle.

... you're less of what you just ate. Factors that make muscles less sensitive to protein signalling is ageing. Much of the muscle loss takes place during short periods of inactivity, such as bed rest after a knee replacement.

A study found that ground beef protein resulted in more tracer amino acid absorbed as well as it being absorbed more quickly. Another study showed that people who retained more of their own teeth tended to have more muscle.

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