Great diet debate pt. 3 : Protein, how much, how little?
Every bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts number one macronutrient. Protein! So what is protein? Proteins are molecules derived from amino acids that provide essential nutrients for our bodies. They are one of the building blocks of body tissue, aid in our immune function and can also serve as a fuel source(not a very good one at that). Proteins are found in bone, hair, organs, muscle; they are part of every aspect of our body. This is why the body does not like to use this as an energy source. The process when protein is broken down and converted to energy is called gluconeogensis. gluconeogenesis is a process that breaks non carbohydrate sources into sugar. In english it means “make new sugar”. This is a long process for the body … It’s a 2 step process making sugar from something not sugar causes stress on our body. So this can be a good reason why too much protein could be harmful (also if following a diet too high in protein in a calorie deficit will not provide the body enough fats or carbohydrates, potentially causing more stress). This is a simple way to explain how it works without getting nerdy. The body’s liver goes and gets the non-carbohydrate sources (fats or proteins) and breaks them into small carbon molecules, then converts them to sugar! (yes even your protein can turn to...Read More