However, researchers found that large concentrations of dietary protein in your body are likely to influence your myostatin levels after a workout. Concerning this finding, it is clear that in theory, you could model a diet to encompass low-protein intake, which will lower your myostatin levels and therefore boost your muscle building processes. This means that a low myostatin presence in your body will spur differentiation and activation of your satellite cells. However, you will still need that protein shake after you’re done working out.
This is related to another clinical research study by Hulmi, published ten years ago in 2007, much before this newer study. The Hulmi study showed that the ingestion of protein right after lifting weights or any other resistance exercise will actually drop your myostatin production for about an hour. When the research was being conducted, the scientists divided the subjects into two groups – one was given whey protein and the other was given a placebo. The people who took the placebo experienced a rise in myostatin production about an hour after working out and taking their shake, but the people that took a whey protein shake had their myostatin production levels stay much lower.
After reading the conclusions of these studies, I cannot help but wonder if we really need excess protein after two or three days and is it really the best thing to do, if your body doesn’t absolutely need it at that point? Metabolic acidosis has to be avoided, but it is exactly what occurs when you eat a large, steady supply of protein every day for a long time. Instead of doing this, maybe it’s healthier to consume your protein periodically, in moderate amounts and with a fair amount time between high-protein meals. This would let your body get back into normal function, so the conclusion is that the omitting of protein-rich meals now and then would be much better, as with the famous structured fasting methods in use by athletes today.
However, there’s another thing we need to take into account – you want to get big muscles, but you don’t want a big stomach, right? Well, if you place great value on your abdominal area, it is probably just as important to you as your bulky biceps or your distinguished quadriceps. Why would you want to have great development in your chest muscles if you have a bulging lump of fat just a little south of them? If you want to have the best results, you should know what your body is saying to you when you work out, but you should also be very finely tuned into what your body is saying about your diet.
When you give your system way too much protein, the body finds ways to tell you that it doesn’t want or need that much and that you should cut down the intake. One of these ways is the building up of body fat which manifests itself through that abdominal bulge we mentioned. When you eat too much protein-rich meals, your body takes it and stores it in your body fat. Even if you absolutely need the energy these proteins would give you, when you force your body to digest an abnormal amount of protein that it doesn’t need, it usually puts it straight into your fat deposits.
All in all, the moral of this story is that your body has a way of communicating to you and you should definitely try to listen and understand. If it’s telling you that it has more than enough protein, don’t force-feed it more of it. Skipping a meal rich in protein here and there will help you to get much closer to your desired results – not only will it prevent you from losing any muscle mass, but your gains will grow by a wide margin!
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