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Why High Protein Diets Won't Help You Lose Weight


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Copyright 2006 Jonathan Perez

There are all types of diet recommendations everywhere the bodybuilding magazines, reducing diet books, and websites that advise to divide your eating into different "ratios" and "percentages" for weight loss and fat burning.

Some recommend high fat, low carb, others say moderate carbs, moderate fat, high carbs, low fat, etc.

But the one thing that every and each one among these "weight loss" / "fat burning" diets say is it must be HIGH in protein.

Well, I'm here to inform you the reality .

It is NOT necessary in the least to eat a diet high in protein to reduce .

Just about everything you read says to eat 1-2 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight.

Some even go as high as suggesting you've got to not only eat high, but massive amounts of protein to reduce and burn fat.

This MYTH is thanks to 3 reasons:

1) Everyone thinks that muscle tissue is formed up mostly of protein

2) Everyone thinks that either high amounts of fat or high amounts of carbohydrates will cause you to urge fat

3) Everyone thinks that protein features a "thermogenic" (inner-body temperature raising) effect, which helps burn fat

All three of those beliefs are completely wrong! (In this text i'm getting to offer you a really brief explanation, but in later articles i will be able to enter more detail)

First, muscle tissue isn't made from mostly of protein. Muscle tissue is 70% WATER.

The other 30% is formed of GLUCOSE, and AMINO ACIDS.

Your muscles need even as much glucose (which is what carbohydrates are converted into), if less than protein.

You should know that one among the KEYS to weight loss is to possess a big amount of muscle tissue (that doesn’t mean you've got to seem sort of a bodybuilder if you don’t want to, though) on the body.


Because the more muscle you've got , the faster and better your metabolism gets, meaning you'll literally burn many calories each day even once you are just sitting around watching TV.

The more muscle you've got , the upper the quantity of calories that you simply can eat while still losing weight / burning fat (trust me, nobody likes having to eat a particularly low amount of calories so as to lose weight).

So, whether you're male or female, regardless if you would like to seem sort of a bodybuilder or simply be toned up and in shape, you would like muscle!

Those that have medically studied the physiology of the physical body know that amino acids are what structure protein.

However, the body uses whatever amount of amino acids it needs at that specific moment. the remainder it stores for later use.

It is NOT true that you simply got to be eating a "steady stream" of protein to reduce / burn fat.........your body keeps a touch "pool" of stored amino acids.

Protein is far and away the foremost difficult macronutrient to interrupt down and digest.

The higher the quantity of protein you eat the more stress you're placing on your gastrointestinal system .

Oh, by the way, what does one think happens to any excess protein??? It turns it into FAT!

Have you ever noticed how you are feeling once you eat an enormous burger or steak?

Even after several hours have passed, it still seems like you've that entire piece of meat just sitting and rotting in your stomach.

How much benefit in weight loss does one think that's getting to give you?

Have you ever drank those disgusting protein shakes or eaten those chalk-tasting protein bars?

You get gas, you are feeling bloated, and you would possibly even get the "runs" (diarrhea).

That's a serious sign that your body isn't properly digesting all of that protein!!!

There are several real-life samples of athletes that do not consume massive amounts of protein to realize muscle weight, yet have tremendous physiques, have extremely defined and toned bodies, are in excellent health, are powerful, fast, and agile.

To just name a number of them:

Andreas Cahling - Swedish champion bodybuilder and Olympic gold medalist within the ski jump

Keith Holmes - World champion middleweight boxer

Bill Manetti - Powerlifting champion

Stan Price - World weight lifting record holder; bench press

Art Still - Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs MVP defensive ends, Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame

Chris Campbell - Olympic wrestling champion

Peter Hussing - European boxer boxing champion

You can eat all the protein within the world and not lose one pound of fat weight if you're eating too many calories!!!!!

Remember, it doesn't matter what we've been fed by the magazines, reducing diet books, and corporations trying to sell us their latest protein concoction. It all comes right down to the calories!

In my next article I'll cover the 2nd and 3rd misconception everyone has about protein.