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Dietary Protein supplementation and Workouts!

If you visit any gym, you will notice that many young and adult men are consuming protein shakes during their workout with the hope of increasing their muscle mass. However, the adverse effects of protein supplementation on human body may be irreversible in some cases.

First, it is very important to understand that an average healthy person tends to consume adequate amounts of protein by diet (1). For an athletic person, the recommended protein intake increases due to higher energy needs and also to strengthen and improve muscle tissue. This extra amount of protein can be consumed with small snacks elevated in protein such as nuts and seeds, half a chicken sandwich and other healthy choices to help meet nutritional requirements and overcome the outcomes of excessive protein intake such as Whey protein shakes that have a very high protein content.

Many men are preoccupied with their body image and social roles (2). However, the impact of excessive protein intake on their body is not well known by some people. A sharp increase of dietary protein intake has a higher risk of causing: Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder (Preoccupation with not being sufficient muscular or lean-‘Reverse anorexia’), kidney dysfunctions, changes in cholesterol profile, abnormal heart beat, early weight gain/obesity and more (2,3,4,5).

On the other hand, dietary protein supplementation may be beneficial in certain cases where the subject was diagnosed with Cancer and also the elderly population to help increase energy intake and meet nutritional requirements and improve wound healing cases (6,7,8).

Therefore, it is very important to consult your Dietitian to set up your nutritional and health goals regarding sports nutrition and help optimize better results, especially limiting excess protein intake side effects.

 References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15640513
  2. http://bddfoundation.org/muscle-dysmorphia-body-image-in-men/
  3. http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/whey-protein/safety/hrb-20060532
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27801685
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27749711
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28177923
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27807658
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25496092

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Diet pills and eating disorders - nutritionist in montreal qc canada, nutritionist west island montreal

Diet Pills and Eating disorders

Diet pills (Didrex, Tepanil-Appetite suppressants) and weight loss pills and supplements such as Garcinia Cambogia, Hydroxycut, Orlistat, Green coffee bean extract and much more, are very popular on the market nowadays. Many males and females are using them mainly for the purpose of weight loss. Some may also use them due to their struggle of maintaining their body weight.

In the long term, regular use of diet pills will not only produce a dependency (1), but will also produce side effects on the human body and mental status. Studies have shown that some diet pills could lead to a higher risk of impairing your liver function and metabolism due to high toxicity which may cause liver cancer (2).

Moreover, studies have not shown significant results on sustainable weight loss with the use of diet pills. Some pills may reduce your appetite for a short term, but will not necessarily help you manage your body weight in an efficient and reasonable manner. In other words, both diet and weight loss pills may reduce your appetite by eating restrictively or skipping meals until your body gets tired and becomes deprived from essential nutritional requirements. A restricted diet will then not only make you feel less focused, but also irritable and aggressive with a higher risk of bringing you back to your previous eating habits. You can feel frustrated and upset due to this outcome and even develop an eating disorder such as Anorexia, Bulimia or any other eating disorder not specified with the hope of trying to lose weight.

Self-esteem and body image are very important aspects when it comes to making peace with food and overcoming your fear and struggles with your eating habits. Only the right experts using an interdisciplinary approach such as Nutrition and dietetics, Psychology, Sociology and more, will help you break that ‘vicious’ cycle (if I may say) of eating patterns with the goal of living a better quality of life.

Take the first step today and get the help you need by contacting your SNC Dietitian in order to help you find a way to develop healthy eating habits for an optimal and balanced quality of life, and especially loving yourself.

References:

1. http://www.pamf.org/teen/risk/drugs/stimulants/dietpills.html

2. García-Cortés, M., Robles-Díaz, M., Ortega-Alonso, A., Medina-Caliz, I., & Andrade, R. (2016). Hepatotoxicity by Dietary Supplements: A Tabular Listing and Clinical Characteristics. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 17(537), 1-23.

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