NOTE: If the purpose of doing 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 that you know how to gain muscle mass.
Your glycogen stores can still be replenished while on a ketogenic diet. A ketogenic diet is a great 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 gr. Protein per kilo of lean body mass. Increasing your muscles on a ketogenic diet may be slower, but this is because the total fat in your body is not increasing that much.
If for some reason you need to increase body fat as well, you can achieve your goals through different types of the ketogenic diet. These are:
- Standard Ketogenic Diet (DCE): This is the classic ketogenic diet that everyone knows and does. It’s what we talk about the most on this website.
- Aiming Ketogenic Diet (DCO): This is a variation on DCE, but ingest a small amount of fast-absorbing carbohydrates just before your routine.
- Clinical Ketogenic Diet (DCC): This is a ketogenic diet variant for bodybuilders, constructivists, and competitors; generally taking one carbohydrate day a week to replenish glycogen stores.
If you exercise vigorously, the DCO or DCC might be worth trying because they can give you better results.