I just ran across an article on askmen named “Top 10 Dangerous Bodybuilding Habits” and # 6 caught my eye very quickly: EATING TOO MUCH PROTEIN!! Now I know most have heard this nonsense before but I thought it would be interesting to post the excerpt from the article and allow everyone to discuss its statements. Here it is:
<Eating too much protein
Why it’s dangerous: In the off-season, bodybuilders typically eat 1.25 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight each day. Before competitions, many increase their protein intake to 1.75 to 2.0 g per pound. However, eating too much protein can have many negative effects. First, it may lead to higher levels of homocysteine, a by-product of protein metabolism and an independent risk factor for heart disease. Moreover, having too much protein in your body can cause irreversible kidney damage and increase your risk of osteoporosis.>
What to do instead: Nutritionists generally say that no one, not even bodybuilders, should consume more than 1.7 g of protein per pound of body weight a day. Keep in mind that this is the upper limit if you’re training hard; if you’re training only slightly or moderately, your protein intake should be closer to 0.8 to 1.0 gram per pound.