Old School Bodybuilding - The more protein the better
Today in the bodybuilding world there is a furious debate concerning not just protein frequency but the limits beyond which further protein consumed ceases to be of benefit. Traditionally, most people in the strength sports have assumed that more is better when it comes to protein intake which has led to the espousal of truly ridiculous levels of protein by some of the bodybuilding elite who dominate the Mr Olympia contests. Consuming 2g of protein per pound of bodyweight is considered low by those who adopt this view with the most hardcore athletes swearing blind that any less than 600 grams of protein a day is just playing around. Inevitably, the copious use of performance enhancing drugs by these athletes is overlooked and many a trainee has assumed that they should follow the nutrition plans of the pros and expect to get the same results. When their results fail to match their dreams, frustration is the only outcome. Surely there is a better way?
Less frequency, less protein
The rise of Martin Berkhan
Is there a dose beyond which further protein has no effect?
Authorities such as Layne Norton (see our interview with Layne), have postulated the theory that the protein synthetic response to a meal is determined by the BCAA content, or more specifically, the leucine content of a meal. Layne’s theory states that consuming a greater amount of protein than that which maximally stimulates muscle protein synthesis is a waste. As we can see from the brief overview presented, the subject of protein intake is one that never ceases to bring forth different opinions depending on who is asked. Recently though there has been a new paper in this field which may help to settle some the arguments, at least temporarily. Robert Wolfe and Nicolaas Deutz recently sought to tackle this question in what is likely to turn out to be a landmark paper.