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Why do we take protein?

We take protein mainly for the amino acids. We as human beings need amino acids to heal our bodies and function properly. If we are low in protein we can be tired, nervous, and have malnutrition “Marasmus/kwashiorkor.” Proteins do a lot in our bodies. They are involved in the structural “hair, skin and muscle” and regulatory “hormones, Immune system proteins, enzymes ect..” Our bodies create about 300 grams of protein a day to function. About 100 grams comes from dietary amino acids. If you are eating a high protein diet remember to take in extra water. Proteins use up to 7 times more water to be metabolized than fat or carbs. So, drink plenty of water. Protein is very important to health even if you are not lifting weights. I think .8 to 1.0 grams per body pound is more than enough to intake per day. We take protein because we need to make sure we are getting the essential amino acids for proper health and function. Those amino acids are Phenylalanin, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Threonine, Valine, and Tryptophan.

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Will protein increase your size?

Protein by itself will not increase size, it will supply your body with the amino acids it needs to heal. What will help you gain size is calories. The average amount of calories that you need to ingested to gain a body pound is around 3,500 calories per day. We are all different biochemically so keep in mind this could be more or less with you. If you are getting a lot of calories from protein then you will gain weight and size if you are eating carbs. If you aren’t eating carbs you cold loose weight in the form of fat “the Atkins Diet”. But, your body will take what it needs to function and store the rest as fat.

Cro-Magnum Metabolism

We as humans have a Cro-Magnum metabolism so we usually keep more fat than lean muscle when eating large amounts of food that involve excess carbs. That’s why when loosing weight, you need to burn more calories than you take in and I am being very general when I say that. Keep in mind the pro’s have a building phase where they will put on weight or muscle and then diet down for a show. It is extremely hard to gain muscle and trim out at the same time. I would suggest making small gains a year to get the body type and look you wish to achieve so you don’t put on a lot of fat during the building phase and then are unable to shed it when you diet down for the summer. It may take a couple of years and some experimentation to do but, with hard work and a good diet you can take your body anywhere you want. So, eating large amounts of protein alone will not increase muscle size.

Increased Protein and Carbs

Increased protein and carbs will increase your size if you are consuming the amount of calories your body needs to gain weight. However, too much protein is not the right way to gain the weight and you are putting a lot of stress on you kidneys and really your whole system. The build up of organic ammonia from the digestion of large amounts of protein coming from the added nitrogen from those compounds needs to be cleared from the body. Magnesium helps with this, especially in the brain. Remember, carbohydrates are a tool used to stimulate the production of insulin at key moments during your workouts and eating schedule. I like to eat the complex carbs with simple carbs after a workout in combination with protein and the same in the morning to stabilize my blood sugar.


Remember to do it in a healthy, smart way. Do your research or ask me a question and I will post the answer.

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