I’ve had a BIG BREAKTHROUGH about what happens when you don’t eat enough protein… after doing it for more than two years and not realizing what I was missing… HUUUGE
Will it impact your potential of building muscle mass? Will your muscles be affected and stop growing? Will you look different if you don’t eat enough protein?
These are some good questions I wanted to start with when it comes to eating enough protein and how much to eat. And I’ll tell you the truth in a second. Keep reading…
Protein is the main muscle building block.
Consider your body as the dream house you want to build. You’ll need workers and materials. No matter how many workers you have, if you don’t have enough materials to build the house, you’ll build it at a slow pace. If carbohydrates and fats can be considered as the cement between the bricks. Consider protein as the actual bricks.
I’ll tell you how much building blocks (protein) you need each day, tomorrow. For now, let’s stick to what happens if you don’t eat enough protein.
MY OWN EXPERIENCE WITH NOT EATING ENOUGH PROTEIN
In my second year of lifting weights I was sitting at around 75 kgs. I had a small belly but also the false impression that I was carrying REAL muscle mass. I remember I was researching about protein intake to lose fat and build muscle..
In a sense, I knew I had to eat protein if I wanted to lose fat and build muscle properly. But I kept reading research and articles that could validate my following FLAWED idea: “I’ve seen many people at the gym I go that don’t eat lots of protein, and they still seem to carry a lot of muscle mass. There has to be a way to eat less protein, lose fat and build muscle”.
And that was an idea of mine.
That’s one of the stupidest mistakes I’ve made in my entire life. I validated my idea by reading all sorts of articles on the internet from people that were telling that the RDA of protein intake is 0.8 grams per KG of bodyweight. So that meant that I could eat just 60 grams of protein and be fine with it.
After reading everything I could find that validated my idea, I started doing it. Set my protein intake between 60-120 grams every day. And I went ahead to cut down all the fat I had. What happened next is funny…
And CONTRARY to what everyone said, I succeeded! I went down from 75 kg to 70 kgs with that protein intake. I was lean… I was muscular… I was proud of my body.
And I was experiencing a feeling of accomplishment. I finally did it. Or so I thought…
Until I asked a roommate about my physique. I asked him what does he think about my strategy to cut down to that low % body fat, and then bulk my way up to more muscle mass.
He LAUGHED… He asked me “What muscle Flo? You look like you don’t even lift.”
This was me at a point in time.
And I thank him to this very day every time I met with him. That was the “kick in the face” I needed to open my eyes. The same day, next time I went into my bathroom, I saw what he saw: A skinny guy without actual size, and with flabby skin.
That’s just one thing that can happen if you don’t eat enough protein.
When you want to lose body fat and get leaner, protein MUST be a top priority.
The muscle mass you hold right now is the direct product of protein balance in your body on a long period of time.
When you go to the gym and lift weights, your body is breaking down protein.
After you finish a workout, and a few days later, your body is trying to grow by using the materials you provide it with (protein).
If your body uses more protein than growing it, you will lose muscle mass. But what happens if you don’t eat enough protein? There are at least three situations that you can find yourself in at the end of a dieting period, if you don’t consume enough protein:
- You’ll lose fat, get lean, and look skinny and without any actual size because you also lost a lot of muscle mass in the process
- You won’t be able to lose fat because your low-protein diet will not be satiating enough to keep your hunger away so you’ll indirectly give up to binge eating or just get off your diet
- You’ll lose weight, but you’ll still look fat and without any form
What happens if you eat the right amount of protein? This:
In my lean body transformation program, setting protein intake is one of the first lessons I teach. And I give specific ranges for people to hit.
The RDA of protein intake which is 0.8 is not sufficient for active people like you and me. We need to eat more protein than that.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you how I managed to do my first body transformation by correcting how much protein intake I ate daily. I’ll also tell you how much protein you have to eat each day if you want to lose fat.
Now you know what happens if you don’t eat enough protein. Do you have any experience with losing fat on a low protein diet? What were your results? Leave a comment below