With 2010 being just a few hours old, the common theme among the fitness community is “change”. Everyone wants to diet and lose fat since they feel so sluggish after all of the holiday eating, yours included. It’s also a big time for advertisers, which leads to deception. Now it’s no different any time of year in the bodybuilding magazines that sell powders and supplements. It’s in your face year round. The biggest supplement pushed is protein.
You even see it in the main media but for different reasons. Most people don’t get enough protein hence why they need to get more. Unfortunately, magazines and tv hosts take a very myopic view of nutrition. They look at a study or two and see that the subjects that consumed more protein lost more weight but is it really as linear of a connection as that?
Let’s look at a typical study. Group A doesn’t eat protein and loses more weight and more muscle. Group B eats protein and loses less weight but more fat and loses less muscle.
It’s NOT as simple as that.
Now I don’t expect everyone to know the geeky science that I know but there’s various methods for measuring fat loss and lean muscle. Certain methods only measure non fat mass as opposed to lean muscle mass. There’s a big difference there.
Many of the research studies that cause such a big amount of hoopla are VERY short studies. I’m talking only a few weeks. Now when you compare the studies that find the most shocking results to longer studies, the shocking studies don’t hold up.
As a community, we should not rush to conclusions based off of one study. Magazines do it time and time again with new supplement combinations yet though same results are never found again because they can’t be.
There’s a significant body of research that shows that protein plays a small role in maintaining muscle mass when we diet. We severely over hype the need for protein.
There’s also a large body of science that proves how important intense resistance training is for maintaining muscle mass. We never think that though do we ?
Understanding that carbohydrate actually help the protein we eat do more work, we see that we don’t really need as much protein. In the past you’d see recommendations like 1.5 grams per pound of bodyweight. Well I’m playing with multiple new and innovative diet methods in my quick start fat loss guide but I’ll reveal one here. Set your protein at your goal weight. Instead of raising your protein up, bring your protein to your goal weight.
If you are 220 pounds and want to be 200 pounds then set your protein at 200 grams or slightly lower.
2010 is the year of radical training and diet ideas. So start with that one and pick up the quick start fat loss guide.
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