A typical day at Planet Fitdis..
“Brah, how much brotein did you digest today.”
(Burp. Fart. Flex.)
“400 grams or so, brah, how about you.”
“I just downed a mega XL, protein shake, with 55 grams of brotein per serving, I’m only up to 300 for the day.”
(Burp. Fart. Flex)
“Cmon, you’ve got to step it up, bruh. I’ve been feeling lethargic and tired from the lack of protein, my nutritionist at GNC told me I need to up the brotein, so I bought a jumbo canister, and just poured water in it, then slammed it all. For some reason my stomach hurts.”
“No one ever said gains came easy. Bruh. Probably need to quadruple the protein.”
“I haven’t had a bowel movement in six weeks.”
Sounds familiar? It might be an exaggeration, but overconsumption of protein is no joke, and sadly quite rampant at a lot of gyms, even with experienced lifters who know what they’re doing (in the weight room, not kitchen.)
A lot of personal trainers are equally clueless constantly harping on the importance of protein even though most American’s get at least twice as much protein as they need.
That’s usually without the protein powder added atop!
Now the exception to that alarming statistic is that vegetarians, vegans, etc. might be short on protein, but probably unlikely.
A closer examination of science based evidence reveals that excess protein is treated the exact same way as excess calories of any kind; it gets turned into fat.
Let’s look at what the experts have to say on the subject:
So the question and argument a lot of people might have is how much protein do I need, and at what point is excess protein more of a hindrance than a positive. Extremely interesting study right here:
One last excerpt from “Gold Medal Nutrition” to drive the point home:
Lastly, do you know what the world health organization recommends for a daily protein intake as of 2007?
Follow that above link for a very compelling take on actually adeuate protein needs.
Thos protein recommendation are (38 and 29 per day) are for a man burning 3,000 calories a day, and a woman burning 2,300 calories, which means they were recommending protein only need be 5% of total intake!
A lot of protein shakes have 20-30+ grams of protein in one serving.
Now since 2007 W.H.O. Has greatly increased their protein recommendations, and while I agree that the 38 and 29 grams per day seems low, I think that their latest recommendations could be a bit on the high side.
The real question might be..How did it go up so much in such a short amount of time, only about 10 years, after staying the same for all the years before?
Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I’d say follow the money.