Bodybuilding and weight training have become synonymous with the consumption of protein powders. People are consuming massive amounts of protein powders because the fitness industry has convinced people that they need it. From magazines, websites, books, articles, commercials, famous spokes-people; it is all designed to sell a product and indoctrinate people so that they will spend money.
The fact is, protein powder poses very serious risks to your health. In the book “The China Study,” Dr. T. Colin Campbell outlines the dangers of protein powders. The majority of protein powders people use is made up of casein and whey. They are the top sellers worldwide. Dr. Colin, through years of clinical trials and testing, determined that cancer cells and tumor growth is greatly accelerated by casein. Protein powder is known to cause kidney damage, liver damage, kidney stones, artery wall damage, prostate cancer, dehydration, thinning bones, and other cancers and illnesses.
The composition of our food is broken down into macro-nutrients; fats, water, carbs, and protein. There are levels of protein present in all foods. The amount of protein required by the body is the lowest on the totem pole of macro-nutrients. We are not naturally protein deficient. The fitness industry would like you to think so because we have been programmed to believe that.
We already consume approximately 15% of our daily calories in protein. To build one pound of muscle, you need 10-14 additional grams of protein per day. Many protein powders contain 80 grams of protein per serving. That is overkill. Do the math. At this point, your body isn’t even using it, it will break it down into aerobic respiration and will be dispersed as normal energy. The same energy that can be acquired through any movement. Your body won’t know the difference, it already produces aerobic respiration naturally.
The truth is, you don’t need to get your protein from dried animal by-products. You can obtain the proper amounts of protein as a bodybuilder or weightlifter through natural foods. Whether you want to hear it or not, you CAN get all the protein you need by eating dairy, meat, fish, chicken, and vegetables.
Let’s do some math: The average adult needs 0.8 grams of protein per 2.2 lbs of body weight per day.
Amateur athletes need 1.1 – 1.4 grams of protein for every 2.2 lbs of body weight.
Professional athletes need 1.2 to 1.4 grams for every 2.2 lbs of body weight.
Professional athletes building muscle mass need 1.5 to 2.0 grams per 2.2 lbs per day.
For example: if you are an athlete weighing 165 pounds, you would need 150 grams of protein per day, maximum. An 8 oz hamburger contains 60 grams of protein. Put a slice of cheddar cheese on it and you bumped it up to 67 grams of protein. All you have to do is commit to eating natural sources of protein. Yes, that means taking time out to cook a burger or open a can of tuna. What does your body use for fuel? Carbs. Your muscles run on fuel. After working out it is more important to consume carbs, not protein.
The bottom line is: there is no excuse for not providing your body with the natural protein and fuel it needs from regular food. It’s easily attainable, you just have to commit to eating healthy and deprogramming your mind from the swill the fitness industry throws at you.