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Monday, August 17, 2015

Your body needs more than just protein

Today i read one of the stupidiest things i have read in a while:


Fitnessguru, a company which i have never liked. I have never even tried their products, so i am not going to write so much about those, but the company i dont like. I have been contacted by one of their sellers to be an ambassador for their company, but i said no a long time ago because i havent liked their business tactics. Writing things such as "we dont believe in lactose, sugar, carbs or fat ...." is just complete BS. No wonder people are scared of certain food groups or think that carbs or fat are bad. No wonder people are obsessed with protein and think that is the only thing they can eat. Your body needs all food groups, you cant survive on just protein and vegetables and think that is enough. Infact, getting too much protein can be very dangerous for your body and cause kidney stones and other problems. (You can read more HERE) Protein is good and it is necessary for all people to eat protein and to get enough protein in their diet, but too much protein just isnt necessary. It's not like the more protein you eat the more muscle you build... a normal person needs around 0,5-1g per pound of body weight and if you strength train aim for 1,5-2g per pound of body weight. Anymore than that just isnt necessary and is likely to cause more harm than good.

But people still seem to think that protein is the only macronutrient that is "safe" to eat, or they are obsessed with HCLF or LCHF, which restricts a certain food group. But you know what, you dont need to restrict a food group. Carbs arent the enemy, fat isnt the enemy and sugar in moderation isnt the enemy. Of course too much of anything isnt good and too little of anything can cause problems as well, but finding a balance. Finding the balance that is BEST for your body. Because some people feel best when they eat less carbs, others feel best when they eat less fat, and thats ok. But completely restricting food groups isnt necessary and is just silly. Your body is made to function and NEEDS all the food groups.

I think that statements such as the above are stupid and can cause quite alot of damage for some, especially when it comes to younger people who feel very insecure and read something like the above. Suddenly food groups are no longer safe to eat, certain foods shouldnt be eaten or avoided completely etc etc I know that when i was sick if i ever had something bad about a food or a certain food was "unhealthy" or "made you gain weight" i completely refused and did everything i could to not eat that food. I mean i said i was allergic to egg because i was so scared of the egg yolk... now i eat between 1-4 whole eggs per day.
  Of course it is up to the individual to think rationally and to not just listen to everything they hear or see, but to make their own decisions. But that is not always easy, especially not when huge companies such as the above who sponsor many people and keep trying to get their, what i consider unhealthy and stupid, message across.

I personally believe that companies should take some type of responsibility for the messages they send out, but of course... you cant blame a company just because someone decides to stop eating carbs, fat, sugar and lactose. It is still the individuals choice. But i still believe that people or companies who do have alot of followers have some type of responsibility to their followers, just like i have a form of responsibilities to my followers and my readers. That is why i would never stand for a company which i didnt agree with. I dont promote things i dont like or think could be harmful, i do try different things such as i have tried fatburners and detox teas... just to see how they work and you know what, they are bullshit and i would not promote something like that on my social media. Companies do their best to try to send out free things to people who have a high following and many say yes, just so that they get free products but dont really know what it is they are promoting. I think that before you say yes to being an ambassador for a company, you should know what they stand for and what message they are trying to sell, and decide whether you agree with that or not. Its not just free products, but also having a responsibility to be honest to your followers, and not just saying you like something so that you can get free things, that is silly according to me.

This post took a bit of a turn, but i felt that i had to rant about this and to remind you all to not listen to everything you read or see. I mean you dont even have to agree with everything i write, or do everything i say. You always need to think rationally and think what is best for you, not just follow the crowd or do what everyone else is doing. Remember what is best for YOU.


(And on a sidenote, i know that i eat alot of protien. Before anyone comments about this, and i drink alot of BCAA, but i also eat alot of carbs and healthy fats. My diet isnt just protein, and according to my 4 day food diary i have a 40/50% carb intake, so dont think i just eat protein.. I used to eat alot more before but that started causing problems as i ate too much protein, but with a more balanced intake the body functions alot better!!)

14 comments:

  1. Have you ever think of becoming a sportsman? I think you would be an amazing sportsman, (you still are!) sorry for my bad english. love your blog. xo

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    1. Thank you :) Not so sure what you mean by "sportsman"? :)

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    2. Oh, sorry. I mean "professional sportsman" like you know, professional athletes or something like that.. haha

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  2. This really was a great reminder! I am supposed to make dinner tonight and I was wondering how to cut out as much fat as possible (not for the calories). I go in phases. Phase 1 was low calorie. Phase two (during recovery) was low carb >feeling tired, depressed... (not good for ME) Phase three (post recovery) low fat. This post just proved that I'm still not 100% and should start seeing how my body reacts to certain food groups and not what the media says will happen (does that make sense?) Thanks so much for another one of you magnificent wakeup calls!

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    1. Thank you, i am glad you liked my post :) Focus on getting all the nutrients and energy your body needs, try to find out what works for your body. Just because one way of eating works for one person doesnt mean it will work for you! I hope you enjoyed you dinner :)

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  3. I hate it when big brands tend to send out messages like these- because some people really take it to heart and ruin their health trying to pursue the dogmatic diet they are being prescribed. Protein is important, but so are carbohydrates and fat. One cannot sustain life on an all protein diet, and even the most scientific studies have shown that although protein is required, a high protein diet is much less healthful than a high fat or high carb diet. Protein is not a very good energy source- however I know that this is not the point of your post. I really hope that one day people will realize that everyone requires an individualized diet, and that no lifestyle is best suited for everyone.

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    1. Yes exactly, i wrote about that in the post how a high protein diet can actually do more harm than good. That more protein than necessary isn't helpful, the body needs all macronutrients! Healthy is definitely individual, which is what i try to promote as different ways of eating work for different people, some people need more of certain foods or food groups, while others need less. But at the end of the day you still need all food groups, and a type of balance is usually best!!

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  4. I am so happy someone else agrees with me on this!! I have been following the blog of a girl who is one of their ambassadors and have started to get these vibes as well. They sell the "world's only calorie-free noodles!". Like...what the hell kind of chemical shit storm that would be. lol

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    1. I have used shirataki noodles before, which are also calorie free and they arent so bad... but just like with calorie free suaces, they shouldnt exactly be the main part of someones diet. If someone wants to eat them now and again, fine... but trying to tell people to replace pasta, noodles, rice etc with calorie free noodles? That is stupid, the body needs energy... what is the point of eating a diet filled with 80% protein and calorie free foods, that isnt even eating normal food, thats eating chemicals and weird things. (Little bit of a rant, comment. haha)

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  6. Hi Izzy, hope you have received my emailed question?

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    1. Yeah i have, i just havent had the chance to reply to emails at the moment and my inbox is overflowing with mails at the moment. But i will try to get around to it sometime soon i hope :)

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  7. Not to mention, but too much protein makes your sweat smell terrible!

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    1. Yes!! And protein farts = awful . Hahah.

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