There is so much misinformation on the internet regarding high protein diets, in fact even our schools are teaching PT’s and Fitness Instructors misinformation, which constantly perpetuates a cycle of falsehoods in the community. What is even more scary, is that doctors who don’t keep up with the latest research are also giving advice that isn’t necessarily based on fact.
Most of what you think you know about protein is simply not true. Leave your preconceived notions regarding protein at the door and step through to the path of enlightenment.
High protein diets make you fat: FALSE
Numerous studies have proven this false. At the end of the day, if you’re eating too much, you’ll get fat. To calculate how many calories you should be eating, there is a helpful tool located here.
High protein diets are bad for your kidneys: FALSE
Several studies have proven that there is no correlation between protein intake and kidney stress. It has also been shown there is no correlation between excess protein and liver stress or a negative blood lipid profile.
A study performed at Nova Southeastern University in the USA tracked kidney function, liver enzymes and blood lipid profiles on trained bodybuilders for 2 years and all showed no harmful effects.
High protein diets leach calcium from women’s bones: FALSE
Studies of between 6 months and 3 years on women consuming 4 times the recommended daily intake of protein have shown no decrease in bone mineral density, in fact, the research has shown an increase in bone mineral density.
So how much protein should you eat to maximize your recovery, build lean muscle mass and keep you feeling full throughout the day?
2.2 grams of protein per kg of bodyweight, or 1 gram per lb. So if you weigh 80kg or 176lbs, that’s 176 grams of protein per day.
I hope you found this article helpful, I look forward to writing more in the future!