Originally Posted by HexRei
Genetics. A few genes flipping on or off can turn other animals into muscle monsters too.
It can even happen in people.
But in us, it's because our particular balance of muscular growth and atrophy is actually a genetic trait developed through evolution because it was advantageous to our ancestors. We got out of trees a long time ago and largely stopped needing all that muscle to do things we do to survive and successfully reproduce (we use our brains mostly, but do retain the ability to build muscle when we require it), and in fact in times of famine the ability to lose muscle rapidly is an advantage because its expensive to maintain in terms of calories, so creatures that dont keep on tons of muscle they arent using dont starve to death as quickly. So to develop unusual mass we have to really prove to our bodies that we need it and have the energy to feed it, through workout and diet. Or cheat by forcing our bodies to generate it with artificial hormones.
That is some profound insight. Where did you dig that up from...
Just so I don't get overshadowed...haha...I did watch a segment on why dinosaurs, plants, and all living organisms were significantly larger than the creatures of today. Simply because there was more oxygen millions of years ago. Crazy...it simply didn't make sense to me how animals could get to that size...you'd have to literally eat a ton of meat or plants. Funny how it equates to MMA because fighters like Bob Sapp + Super Mario don't fare well because...their muscles require...dun...dun...dun...O.
What an off, but intriguing topic.
Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire.
Baked, not fried... the healthy choice.