Your muscles need the 4 R's in order to grow, rip, rest, repair, and repeat. This is what it takes to get the most out of your muscles.
Rip: is when you work your body through muscles to the extent that they are in essence ripped or stretched. Doing this will give them a chance to repair and as they repair and retract they will not come back as far thus building muscle.
Rest: If you are doing any routine the muscle and body need rest, and a lot of it. But rest just isn't sleep its the right kind of sleep, getting to bed before 10pm will help the body get the rest is needs. 1 hour before midnight is like 4 hours after midnight, and make no mistake about it your body knows when its time for bed.
Repair: Rest and repair go hand in hand because they need to be attacked with precision. Protein is an obvious ingredient to repair but with out amino acids the building blocks of protein, you are doing nothing. For example you will find usable protein in places that you don't expect like an avocado or nuts. The most pure and usable protein has the amino acids, peptides and enzymes to fully, completely digest and assimilate the protein.
Repeat: Exercise is nothing without routine but routine can also be a detriment to the body. You see the body adapts to workouts and routine very quickly. So its important to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to your exercise routine. Concentrate on confusing your muscles as often as you can whether it is through a regular cardio workout or a muscle training regiment.
You will find success when you strive to educate yourself in the battle for health. Its not "cut and dry" for everybody but it can be some what consistent when it comes to nutrition and healthy living. The key is to keep learning and striving, and remember that if you don't want fake muscles then don't take in fake protein and other supplements!