Protein Starvation

Starving your body of protein is a good thing for improving protein synthesis, which enhances muscle growth. Starving your body of protein causes muscle wasting. Now, you might be wondering how these two conflicting statements can be true, yet they are. But, before I reveal the answer as to why, you should know more about how important this macro is, in fact, it's the most important of the three. (Protein, Carbs, Fat).

First of all, everything in and of your body is comprised of protein. Of the three macros, it is the most metabolically active. Unlike the other two macros, your body spends thirty percent of its energy breaking down protein in preparation for the physiology to utilize. Protein is also very versatile in that it can convert itself into glucose if necessary from an amino acid called glutamine. Protein is so valuable that your body will eventually die if it doesn't get it, which is not the case with the other two macros. But interestingly enough, your physiology isn't designed to store this meaningful macro, simply meaning that you need to keep your body supplied.

There's no denying that the other two macros play an important role in the overall scheme of things, but it’s clear protein is the superstar. So back to the original two conflicting statements. Starving the body of protein for a period of time can actually improve protein synthesis, which can be beneficial for athletic performance, in addition simply making your physiology more efficient.

However, if the physiology is starved of protein for too long, it becomes catabolic, which means your body starts eating itself for self-preservation. So, you can see there's a fine line between creating an environment for your body to excel or destruct. If you're reading this and have a trainer make sure they give you a real, not fake answer on this topic. Or, if you're that individual who wants to take your body to the next level, I'd love to hear from you and lay a little truth on ya!

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The Truth Talker (Leo Costa Jr)