I would like to discuss “The Court.” —The components of protein, carbohydrates and fats that honor the King (calories.)
With years of experimentation, I have found that protein is somewhat overemphasized in a sense.
One of the natural inclinations is to seriously ramp up protein consumption when first starting out on an exercise regimen.
I remember boiling chicken (served with plain pasta, Yum!) Stopping by a local grocery store to purchase egg beaters, spending a lot of time & money researching the best protein supplements, and in a pinch swinging by a convenience store to buy a quart of skim milk (32 grams of protein!.)
I had a constant sense and running tally of how much protein I had consumed and how much more I needed for the day always in the back of my mind and often in priority of anything else.
I would alter schedules, make random stops for purchase, and often ingest protein sources even when I was not hungry in the slightest.
Looking back, I simply bought into advice from sources that most likely had a bunch to gain from my obsession to gain muscle in return for a good portion of my income spent on a belief that massive protein consumption would give me the physique and strength I was looking for.
Like most entities in life there is something to be said for developing a balanced approach.
Protein is very important to strength and muscle building, but may be a bit overstated.
Currently, I feel like if a diet is on point otherwise, one can not only maintain an excellent amount of muscle, but even slowly and naturally build ever increasing muscle through time on as little as .6 grams of protein per body weight.
In fact, I now feel this may the best approach in gaing long term muscle naturally without adding fat as additional weight.
The proof is in the protein pudding.