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Are You Eating Too Much Protein?

If you’re trying to lose body fat, one of the most affective ways to do that is to drop your carbohydrates consumption down.  Many times this happens naturally when you switch from the Standard American Diet, to something like a Paleo diet because your carb consumption changes from starchy foods like bread and pasta to vegetables.

But where many people make a mistake is in the consumption of protein.  People think that since it’s Paleo, you can consume your body weight in protein every day. Well, if you are very sensitive to carbohydrates which is likely if you have body fat to lose, you may also be sensitive to too much protein.

The reason why is called gluconeogensis. When the body doesn’t get carbohydrates it has to get fuel from somewhere, if you’re eating a ton of protein the body will convert the protein to sugar and can still cause insulin spikes, blood sugar regulation problems, as well as body fat retention.

Now before you freak out, read on….

I’m not advocating you stop eating protein and become a vegetarian, what I am advocating is that if you’re holding on to body fat and cutting carbohydrates and going Paleo hasn’t completely got you there, maybe you should drop back the protein consumption for a bit.

What exactly does that mean? There’s ton of suggestions out there, but keeping your intake to around 30g per meal and not more then 140g a day may be a good place to start.

Here’s the key, if you are dropping carbohydrates and protein you must get calories from somewhere. If this is the route you take you must increase your intake of dietary fats. If you stick with fats from grassfed butter (if you don’t have issues with dairy), ghee, coconut oil, and MCT oils you’ll see a dramatic uptake in ketones (a good thing), and you should see a drop in body fat.

Let me know your thoughts!

3-23-15 WOD



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Box Jumps x 5

HSPU x 5

L- Pull Ups x 5

AMRAP 12 minutes

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