When it comes to protein after a workout, I believe it has been blown out of proportion somewhat with excessive enthusiasm towards drinking or eating a massive amount after your workout (about five times a day!).
Most people do not consider a few other factors, including the kind of exercise they are doing and how much you do need every day.
Although protein is an essential amino acid for all of us, especially as we age (since we lose quite a lot of muscle mass after 30), it’s not relevant to obsess about it as mainstream media has taught us to be.
How much protein do we need?
A fascinating fact is that healthy adults need no more than 0.8–0.9g protein per KG to satisfy their protein needs.
Now, you may be thinking; this is possibly just the average person who is sedentary.
Perhaps, but we have been told to eat more because we want to:
- Put on muscle mass
- lose body fat and keep us feeling full for longer (in order not to experience the deprivation of dieting and eliminate cravings)
Unfortunately, eating more than our body needs means that excess protein will be converted to sugar, stored for later use (body fat).
Protein insights from a world-leading heart surgeon
Dr Gundry highlights (in all his books and podcasts) that our bodies already contain a relative amount of protein that’s used and recycled continuously.
We don’t have to stress about rushing off after the gym to consume protein.
Dr Gundry mentions that using Keto as your diet source will spare your muscle mass (if you make fat the prominent source of calories).
But you can also use fasting to mitigate any excess protein consumption.
Please don’t worry too much about not getting the most out of your workout because of the time you consume protein.
Your body has enough protein to recycle and use when it’s needed.
When you get home (or get to some food source), it will surely be enough time for you.
Why not choose salad greens instead of animal protein?
Stop the overconsumption of protein today
I was an “over-consumer” of protein for so many years, which harmed my gut health (for which I’m paying the price for now).
All the research is accurate, and we have been tricked into stressing about eating enough protein for too long.
From my own experience, when I began fasting. I consumed much less protein than I ever have & train in a fasted state all the time.
This lifestyle plan has allowed me to put on more muscle, become stronger and leaner without deprivation.
I don’t have my research papers, and I’m not a scientist or doctor, but I like to experiment and try out theories.
Fasting is the best lifestyle plan by far, and I have tried many diets, leaving me bloated, fat, inconsistent with my training, weak and losing muscle mass.
I can only comment on my own experience, which I have discovered.
I want to finish by saying that the best diet contains as many vegetables as possible.
Try eating minimal protein and eating more seafood & plants than red meat sources.
The choice is yours, but it’s always a great idea to be as informed as possible to live the best possible life.
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