I am sure a lot of health conscious bodybuilders and athletes firmly believe that a good dose of protein is needed to encourage muscle growth. I think I can safely say this is the norm according to advise and many contributions made by diet experts and doctors across the globe.
I try to consume at least 2-3 chicken breasts and a large piece of meat a day. My daily dose of protein powders will also contribute to my total daily intake, this on the other hand, does not pose a threat apparently.
Let’s consider the facts according to the “experts”.
Eating a little high protein food at each meal helps reduce the appetite plus the body uses energy to convert protein to carbohydrates, a process known as Gluconeogenesis.
Protein can be converted to fat (indirectly) and stored just like carbs however protein contains Nitrogen, an important chemical essential for the production of antibodies. The body prefers to hold onto Nitrogen thus protein is more likely to be converted to carbs rather than fat. These complex chemical reactions use up extra energy and help us burn more calories at rest!
There are plenty of experts who aren’t crazy about these diets. The main concern is that you eat more high-fat foods–particularly foods that contain a lot of saturated fat (like whole milk, etc.). This is a problem because studies show that a diet high in fat increases our risk of:
liver and kidney damage
And what about the study that showed an increase in good cholesterol on the Atkins plan? The American College of Preventative Medicine isn’t impressed.
The American Heart Association is also concerned that individuals who eat a high protein diet are likely to consume too much red meat and too many whole fat dairy products. Meats and full fat dairy products contain an excessive amount of saturated fats.
“Many of the high protein diets advocate up to 40 percent of total calories from fat, which is a bad idea if an individual wants to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke,” says Howard. “The final decision about an effective weight loss program that also promotes good health is up to individuals and their physicians.”
When will anyone following a protein loaded diet be at risk when consuming a lot of meats?