PROTEIN AND ATHLETES

  • Carbohydrate, not protein provides fuel to support resistance training and high intensity exercise.
  • One pound of muscle contains 114 g protein
  • To add one pound of muscle in one month (rate of 12 pounds per year) only requires intake of extra 4 g per day over basal metabolic requirements
  • Add additional protein needed for repair from hard training – 8 g per day
  • TAKE HOME MESSAGE: Americans are consuming entirely too much protein a day and it is harmful/toxic for your kidneys. We are seeing an increase in dialysis patients for this very reason.