High protein/high fat diets can also have a negative overall impact on health, including the following:
* Increased risk of certain cancers * Increased calcium excretion and increased risk of osteoporosis * Reduced intake of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals
But Don’t Strength Athletes Need More Protein To Build Muscle?
Research hasn’t shown this. In fact most strength athletes get far more protein than is necessary to promote muscle synthesis. The current protein recommendations for optimal muscle building in a strength athlete is 1.6 - 1.7 gm protein per kg of body weight. For a athlete weighing 90 kg (200 pounds) that is a total of 145 - 154 grams of protein a day [about 3 small chicken breasts]. There is no scientific evidence that more than 2.0 grams of protein per kg of body weight has any additional benefit in muscle strength or size.
I just thought you guys should know…I don’t understand how this misconception got so popular. And before you challenge the source, know this. She is an endurance athlete, so she obviously knows something about muscle building, even if she is not muscle-bound like all of you protein over-eaters.
Glad I could give you guys the right advices.