I’d hate it if this was a repeat topic or the discussion had taken place at some point before, but I’d really like to get this off my chest if you’ll please indulge me …
So, I completed my 3day work shop in preparation for a personal trainers certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM). The thinking supposedly is that of all the certifications available ASCM is most heavily grounded in research and theory.
That said the instructor herself was as knowledgeable and as open mined as one could hope for. Then of course, the discussion moved towards nutrients.
That said, the ASCM guide line suggest the optimal way to consume nutrients are as follows; Carbohydrate > Fat > Protein.
The reason is the body apparently utilizes carbohydrates better than it does fats, and it utilizes protein poorly as a potential fuel source.
So for all intents and purposes protein is not the ideal nutrient.
My purpose here is not necessarily to dispute this fact but I wonder why no significant mention was made as to the overwhelming necessity of protein in meal plans which include intensive weight training and physical activity.
As far as I know it’s dogma for those who train to consume protein as the primary nutrient. I myself make it a point to use this ratio … 75&/15%/10& (protein/fat/carb)
So what am I missing here on this rant? Irrespective of potential fuels sources for the body I’ve lived every day of the past 10 years thinking protein was a key component to my training, physical and dietary salvation.
Was I just naive or did I apply my thinking incorrectly?
Can anyone provide objective insight given our environment is made up of people who make it a point to train seriously?