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Not Everyone Wants To Be A Body Builder

Jun 9, 2008
Having a proper nutritional intake is very important to anyone who is living. Of all of the possible nutrients that the body needs, one of the most important is the proteins, they are required for everything from bones to muscles and skin. It is for that reason that not only have the concept of high protein diets become popular, but they also work too.

Out of all the nutrients you ingest, protein is required for repairs to any of your body's organs. The body also uses this protein to make hormones as well as antibodies. These chemicals like hormones are needed to help increase the body's metabolism which in turn helps the body burn off excess storage with more ease. The nutrient protein is made up of various amino acids which are needed for life. These amino acids are classified as essential and nonessential amino acids. Out of the 20 forms of this acid that is needed by the body for daily function, only 12 of them are actually produced by the body itself.

One of the biggest problems with the high protein diets are that in order to work, the protein that you take in needs to be of a higher quality and is often called a complete protein. What it means to be a complete protein, is that it simply contains the remaining 8 amino acids that the body needs to survive.

There is however, such a thing as too much protein. As we age and as other complications occur, the amount of protein that our body needs and can handle everyday changes from person to person. What happens is that along with protein, you also find calories which are actually working against the protein. But you cannot just eat proteins without calories, it becomes a big catch-22.

What is the most important aspect is that you remain healthy. If you fail to intake enough protein, your muscles will loose mass over time, if you take in too much, your muscles will grow, but as the muscles grow, you also have to exercise them to ensure they grow correctly.

Not everyone wants to be a big body builder, so the consumption of too much protein may be a bad thing, while at the same time, if we get too skinny we face some serious health issues. By failing to meet our daily protein intake, our weight can drop to dangerous levels.

So what it comes down to, is what do you want? Do you want to loose weight, or loose inches from those areas that are too bulky? By remembering that muscle mass weigths more than fat, it is possible for someone who is trying to loose weight by a high protein diet to actually weigh more after the diet is completed, but at the same time look half the size they were before the diet. It is important that you realize this, as most people seem to confuse the concept of loosing weight with shedding inches from the waist.
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