You NEED lots of protein – Part 2

Last week I asked the question: “What if fats and carbs aren’t the problem? What if it’s protein, and why has no-one invented a low-protein diet?”

Well one of the central beliefs around protein is that because muscles are made of proteins we should eat tons of protein – especially the muscles of other creatures – in order to build our own muscles and be strong.

Bodybuilders and athletes are known to eat up to 300g of globular proteins per day in an effort to build muscle.

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for protein is around 60g

Even this is almost DOUBLE the obligatory protein needs of a human body – the amount your body gets rid of every day, and thus the amount that needs to be replaced.

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60g of protein is an amount that is easy to obtain without eating ANY animal products

60g of protein is an amount that is easy to obtain without eating ANY animal products whatsoever – remember that ALL foods contain some amino acids (components of proteins).

When one considers that, even on steroids, the most successful athletes can only gain a MAXIMUM of 10g of muscle mass per day (and this is a very rare number), eating an EXTRA 240g of protein seems extreme.

But here’s the thing, you’re not an athlete, and YOU ARE PROBABLY EATING AT LEAST DOUBLE, IF NOT TRIPLE YOUR DAILY RDA OF PROTEIN.

What is the result?

One result is a whole bunch of nitrogen (if you’re eating animal proteins) in your body that your body doesn’t want and can’t use. Having extra chemicals swimming around is not on your body’s to-do list, so it shunts the chemicals into fat cells.

Another issue with extra protein is how hard your body has to work to digest it.

Another issue with extra protein is how hard your body has to work to digest it.

Many people think this is a good thing, as you burn more calories in the digestive process, however it’s a bit more complicated than that.

It’s better to eat foods that your body can process easily and use, than it is to eat foods that stress your body and cause it to expend huge amounts of energy in digesting things it doesn’t need.

Part 3 follows next week.

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