авг 13, 2019

The risks of excess protein be it through diet, protein intake or sports supplementation

Is a balanced, high-quality diet, without recourse to supplementation, sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of sportsmen and sportswomen? 


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Nowadays, the search for an "aesthetically perfect" body is increasingly demarcated, where several people test diets and diets with multiple characteristics, in the hope of achieving a new level of well-being or physical performance, as is the case of athletes.

The athletes who are governed by this demand end up, in certain circumstances, putting their health at risk in the path that leads them to the ascension of their expected goal, exceeding the limits not only in their food needs, but also in physical exercise.

An athlete's diet is different from other individuals, in that they have a relatively higher energy expenditure and needs for macro and micronutrients modelled on the type, intensity and duration of sports practice.

In this way, nutrition plays a key role in sports performance and in increasing muscle mass, but there is still doubt as to whether a balanced and quality diet, without resorting to supplementation, will be sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of sportsmen and sportswomen, especially in competitive athletes.  

For this group of people interested in increasing muscle mass, whether they are professional athletes or not, there is often the perception of an intensely increased need for protein, and may reach situations where consumption reaches values ranging from 2.5 to 3.5 g of protein per kilogram of body weight per day and most is ingested in the form of supplements.

Excessive protein intake can lead to: An increase in urea production, resulting in a greater need for water intake for its excretion by urine; Renal and liver problems; Osteoporosis; kidney stones.

It should be noted that a balanced and varied diet with adequate quantities of macronutrients and micronutrients is, in many cases, sufficient to meet nutritional needs, ensure a healthy body and good physical performance.