Use Protein to Both Gain and Loose Weight!

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Question: My doctor told me I needed to eat more protein in order to help me lose weight. I thought protein was supposed to make you gain weight . Isn’t that why bodybuilders eat lots of it?
Answer: Too many people, especially women, have the misguided notion that eating protein will make them gain weight. While it is true that bodybuilders eat protein in large quantities, from one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight to as much as three grams per pound of bodyweight. You have to also consider that they are drinking one to one and a half gallons of water as well. Muscle is composed of almost 70% water, about 25% protein and the rest is a mixture of a lot of different substances. So it is true that ingesting large quantities of protein can be used to help gain muscle although it’s not the protein itself that causes the growth.
The inverse is also true. If you are not getting enough protein your metabolism tends to slow down slightly. Adding a high quality protein source like tuna, lean beef, chicken, turkey or venison feeds your muscles helping them to repair efficiently after exercise. The key point is high intensity exercise. The more you break down your muscles through training the more protein you can use for repair. This stimulates your metabolism.
Make protein a part of a balanced healthy plan that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables as well.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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