If you are an athlete, activities like lifting weights, swimming across long distances or running sprints need more energy definitely as compared to that of any average person. Our machine requires extra nutrients to optimise your performance and recover from your intense physical activities. Protein rich diet had a key role to play since its function is to make the muscle tissue strong and help in their repair. Diets rich in protein are a hot favourite among many athletes, particularly those who want to sport a leaner and defined physique. Here lies the million dollar question, how much should we actually intake?
In order to determine the protein needs of an athlete, it is crucial to have a closer look at the overall diet of that athlete.
When an athlete consumes diet rich in fat or a diet rich in carbohydrate, they use less protein for their energy, this is exactly the opposite case from those people who consume a protein rich diet. Protein rich diets (one that outweighs the other macro nutrients) will fall into conversion via gluconeogenes, this converts protein to glucose. Protein that is not broken down into amino acids and used to repair muscles, will be turned into glucose. This is significant because the protein will either help to build as well as maintain a lean body mass or be converted to energy.
Protein can be incredible beneficial to athletes and the general population, I think this goes without say. The main issue with too much protein intake is gluconeogeneis, although this can benefit the body, it can also harm people who lead a sedentary lifestyle and still take in a lot of protein. Protein -> Glucose -> Adipose Tissue (Fat)
Everything in moderation is the age old saying. Too much of anything can be detrimental and although you don't see it now, the body is highly adaptive and you probably wont see the effects of your diet choice till 10-15 years down the track.