3 High Protein Diet Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Aug 5, 2016

3 High Protein Diet Myths You Shouldn’t BelieveEven with all the advancements in nutrition research, there are still so many people who cling to old and outdated ideas when it comes to eating and exercise. That is why we are going to clear up a few of the most common and untrue ideas about high protein diets.

MYTH 1: A High-Protein Diet Will Increase Your Chance Of Osteoporosis

It has been commonly said that a high protein diet could increase your risk of osteoporosis, a medical condition where there is a loss in bone mineral density. The theory behind this states that a high protein diet will cause there to be an increase in the acid within your body and cause the calcium to be ‘leached’ out.

However, this could not be farther from the truth. In a recent nine-week study, it was found that when carbohydrates were replaced with meat to increase the amount of protein intake, it actually increased the rate of bone health-related hormones being produced by the body.

MYTH 2: A High-Protein Diet Will Put Stress On Your Kidneys

Believe it or not, your kidneys are incredibly efficient at filtering out any unnecessary substances from your body. Even with a high protein diet, your kidneys are still able to do their job with little to no trouble at all.

That being said, it is important for you increase your water intake along with your protein intake. This is because a water helps to break down the protein within your body. In order for your body to fully breakdown and use the protein in your body efficiently, you will want to make sure you are drinking enough water to get the job done right.

MYTH 3: You Must Consume Protein Immediately After Your Workout

There is a so-called ‘anabolic window’ after training where your body is most primed to accept nutrients, especially carbs and proteins, and deliver them straight to your muscles. While it was believed that this ‘window’ of time for only open for 30 to 60 minutes after your workout, this has been since proven untrue.

Don’t get us wrong, this ‘window’ does exist, but it is much longer than 60 minutes. In fact, it has been shown to extend by several hours after you have finished your workout. So when it comes to building muscle mass, the protein timing is not as important as you may have thought.

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