Why do you need a surplus of calories to gain muscle?

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  1. kingfaz

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    I'd have thought that so long as I take 1g-1.5g of Protein per lb of body mass, and I lift weights, then I would increase my muscle mass.

    But I'm reading that I need to increase my overall calorie consumption so that I consume more than I use. Why is that the case?

    "it is physiologically impossible to gain muscle without a surplus of calories. "eating clean" and eating high protein isnt' going to actually do anything unless there's a surplus of calories."

    Thanks for any replies. This has puzzled me for a while.
     
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    Even if you get the desired ratio of protein, your body is gonna need those cals in a caloric deficit to do normal functions, not build up new muscle.
     
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