NOTE: If the purpose you have for going on the ketogenic diet is NOT to build muscle mass, then you can skip this article.
Many people ask if carbohydrates are necessary to increase muscle mass. Of course, they are not. If you’re asking yourself this question, I’m going to assume you know how to gain muscle mass.
Your glycogen stores can still be replenished while on a ketogenic diet. A ketogenic diet is an excellent way to gain muscle, but protein intake is critical here. It is suggested that, if you are looking to gain muscle mass, you should consume about 2.0 – 2.5 grams. of protein per lean kilogram of body mass. Increasing your muscles by following a ketogenic diet may be slower, but this is because the total fat in your body is not increasing as much.
If for some reason you need to increase your body fat as well, you can achieve your goals through different types of ketogenic diet. These are:
- Standard Ketogenic Diet (SCD): This is the classic ketogenic diet that everybody knows and does. It is what we talk about the most on this website.
- Target Ketogenic Diet (TCD): This is a variation of the TCD, but a small amount of rapidly absorbed carbohydrates is eaten just before your routine.
- Clinical Ketogenic Diet (CCD): This is a variation of the ketogenic diet for bodybuilders, constructivists and competitors; usually having one carbohydrate day a week to replenish glycogen stores.
If you exercise intensively, it might be worth trying the ODC or the CCD because they can give you better results.