I’m sure your mother always told you if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. But come on. Be realistic. Sometimes the best information is acquired through things you probably shouldn’t have said, or heard. Like for instance, those huge muscle bound guys at the gym. Come on…I know you have an opinion. Maybe you laugh, maybe you role your eyes, or maybe you even envy their dedication to working out and building muscle. Yet, no matter what your personal opinion of these bodybuilders, there is at least one thing that always springs to my mind. How did they build all that muscle, and is it healthy?
Sure they have tons of bulging muscle, but just because their muscle mass is abundant, it most definitely does not mean that they are at peak health. In fact, a majority of these bodybuilders would most likely tell you that their diet consists of exuberant amounts of protein in order to build muscle. Yet, the average person does not need excess amounts. For the everyday person, protein is an essential part of a balanced, healthy diet at a reasonable level. Most dieticians recommend that a person consume about 15% of their daily caloric intake in the form of protein. According to WebMD’s Miriam Nelson, though protein is an essential building block for growth in the body, for the average person a larger quantity will not increase benefits or add muscle at a faster rate (see medicinenet.com). So do your body good, keep a balanced diet including healthy protein at the recommended level. See the new 2005 version of the food pyramid at MyPyramid.gov, which can be adjusted to fit age, sex, height and weight in order to achieve your ideal daily intake.
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