The Protein Myth

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Excerpt from “The China Study”

A typical day at Planet Fitdis..

“Brah, how much brotein did you digest today.”

(Burp. Fart. Flex.)IMG_9677

“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!

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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:

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Excerpt from “Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guide Book”

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:

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Excerpt from “Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guide Book”

One last excerpt from “Gold Medal Nutrition” to drive the point home:

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This book was written about 10 years ago. Protein “importance” has only gotten worse since.

Lastly, do you know what the world health organization recommends for a daily protein intake as of 2007?

38 grams a day for a grown man, 29 for a woman.

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.

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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.IMG_9676

 

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28 thoughts on “The Protein Myth

  1. Yup I feel like government health advice is always prompted by whoever is supporting them the most financially at the time.
    I think I’ll just stick with my little bit of everything!

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      1. I’m with you : ) It’s good to have a healthy skepticism towards most things! That really stinks about your laptop I really hope it’s okay tomorrow! You could always use that ziplock bag and fill it with rice and put the laptop in there and see if it maybe dries it out if it’s not working.

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    1. Thank you! It’s amazing how confused a lot of people can be on the subject, but if they just did the tiniest bit of research, and looked towards the science, (instead of the “broscience,”) a lot of indigestion and wasted money could be saved. That money could be much better spent on vegetables!

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  2. Here is a question for you?
    I consume approximately 150GRAMS of protein daily. I weigh 155 pounds. I exercise (weights and cardio) 5-6 days/week. If I was consuming more protein than my body was capable of utilizing, it would convert into fat or excess sugar according to the research you share with us. If my BMI is 22 and my fasting blood sugar is in the 75mg/dl range, how does you hypothesis hold up (that excess protein intake not only offers no benefit, but will potentially create BMI or sugar profile detriment?)

    The purpose of this question is NOT to challenge you, but to stimulate some dialogue among all the readers.

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    1. Great question Doctor!

      I would just point to the research, but also include that much is still not known (empirically) about nutrtition, especially since the information seems to change every few years. I would offer that everyone is different, regarding metabolism/genetic history/exercise output especially and in that last regard, due to your exercise output, your protein consumption could be just fine (hard to argue with your numbers). Also, what’s true for one person may not be entirely true for another, and I think you would agree most individuals, i.e. The common person isn’t working out/burning calories to the degree you do on a daily/weekly basis.

      I love the dialogue inducing question, and hopefully we’ll get some more feedback on it Doctor J.! Thanks kindly for adding your knowledge and personal experience on the subject.

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      1. I agree with you, there are many factors. I also agree with you that “high” protein diets (often used in weight loss programs) is a bad idea (in general.) Nutrients should be utilized as needed. Short time weight alteration is NOT a good reason to maintain a high protein diet. A lifestyle requiring a higher protein intake makes much more sense.

        Hopefully we see some more feedback on your article adding more perspectives to the topic. Great article!

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      2. Great point Doctor!! I should have added I was more thinking of the super excessive protein intake, especially for individuals that aren’t working out intensely and consistently, and/or ingesting a few hundred grams.

        I’m really glad you commented on this subject, and am also hopeful that people will read your takes on it, and give feedback in general, as there’s always new nutritional information coming to light.

        Thanks kindly for taking the time to comment, really appreciate it!

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  3. Did I read that line correctly? “… no bowel movement in 6weeks”

    This is informative and eduactional. I am enjoying the comment section too. I try to be conscious of what I eat but don’t do the calculation at all.

    A brilliant post you’ve got here.

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    1. Haha!! Yup, you read that correctly Vivien lol : )

      Yeah the six weeks may have been an extreme exaggeration, but there is a relationship between excess protein consumption and constipation!

      Thanks very much, the comments are often where the most is learned from a lot of articles, and WP seems to be no exception!

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  4. Haha you just painted such a picture of muscle bound dudes in the gym 😛 And Nancy Clarks book is the bomb! I have that and have referred often to it. Such sane, intelligent wisdom contained in it. Good points on the excessive use of protein. Once our body takes what it needs the rest is a wash… or fat.. but we live in a world of “if some is good, more is better” so I’m not sure if that will ever get through to some people.

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    1. Haha, thanks. : ) Nancy Clark is great! I have her sports nutrition guidebook too, which is full of healthy, tasty recipes (honey nut rice is super good!) Yuppers, everyone can ingest varying amounts, but when extremely excessive amounts where people are taking a few hundred grams, I kind of worry for their kidneys. I remember someone at the gym taking a 50 gram per protein(!!!) shake and I tried to warn him away, but he burped and farted through his workouts, so we both suffered the effects. At least I tried lol.

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