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Allergic To Lactose? Too Much Protein Dangerous? Keep My Cuts?
DINO: This guy wrote in to me with three questions. I answered him in an interview style format. Read on to learn about dealing with bloat, high protein intake, and keeping your cuts.
VISITOR: I would be very grateful if you can answer me for the below questions:
1. I have bloating problem and I'm allergic to LACTOSE and other dairy products. Because of this, whatever tummy exercise I do isn't fruitful. So how do I overcome this?
DINO: Well you know that you need to hold off on the lactose first and foremost. I can cope with you too, I have been dairy free for so long now that if I were to eat a little dairy like real cheese I have gastrointestinal problems. This may be a gift! What I must be crazy right? No I am serious you really do not need dairy as an adult. Think about it, do mature animals drink milk? NO! The human race is the only to continue to drink milk as adults. There may be a reason for lactose intolerance. I think the body produces less of the enzymes required to metabolize lactose as we age for a reason. We are not supposed to drink it! Okay now for you little problem with bloating, if you find that you bloat easily try eating several small meals. Additionally, you should strive to stop eating about two hours before training. If this is still an uncomfortable problem you may have to try training in the morning on an empty stomach, particularly on a day in which you will be training your abdominals. That should clear up your bloat discomfort.
VISITOR: 2. I heard that we have to take 1g of protein for every 1 lb of body weight. I am 175 lbs, so should I have to take in 175 grams of protein per day? 175 grams of protein is 4 times more than the average daily consumption. And I heard that too much of protein affects your LIVER. So will that consumption be right or wrong for me?
DINO: I would recommend even more than that, but I am considered by some to be rather controversial. In my defense however I have never heard of a non-immunocompromised person suffering from a high protein diet regimen. The medical community has use a fat and protein diet for sever diabetics. Some of them stay on the diet foe years. Personally, I eat at least 350-400 grams of protein every day. I have consumed up to 700 grams of protein at times. My liver is fine. I have never experienced any adverse side effects from consuming a high protein diet. I put even more stress on my liver by supplementing and I am still fine. I do drink at the least one gallon of water every single day of my life. This helps to keep my entire system healthy, flushing, strong, and clean. The body was designed to live off of meat (protein). Our predecessors, the cave men, did not consume all kinds of bread and pasta (carbohydrates). These people were meat eaters! And when they were fortunate enough to have a kill they ate well. Besides the liver has to pass carbohydrates through it also. The liver sees everything that you place into your body via the oral route. The liver has a heavy workload, but it is a bad dude if you know what I mean. I would be taking in at least 300 grams of protein every day for a guy your size. If you are trying to build muscle tissue I would consider taking in even more than that.
VISITOR: 3. If I want to get cuts and retain the cuts even after the workouts, what should I have to do? Normally I get cuts while working out, but after my workouts, I go back to my normal fluffy structure.
DINO: What you are experiencing my friend is better known as "the pump." We, as bodybuilders, would all like to be able to walk around feeling pumped all day long. Here is what happens and why you do not stay pumped for very long. When you train your muscles swell up with blood and fluid. This fluid had to come from somewhere in the body. This means that another part of the body gave up a little to compensate the area being trained. That area needed some more blood because it was going through heavy activity. When the muscle swells up it gets raised and presses up against the skin giving you a full - striated appearance. After the body's activity returns to normal and your training session is complete you begin to do other things during the day that also require the fluid and blood that was pumped into the muscle. Your remarkable body places it where it is now needed. The following is a perfect example. When you eat a meal blood rushes to your stomach. This happens for a reason, which is to assist in churning the food you have just eaten. There is another way, you will not stay pumped but you will keep your cuts. Just get shredded. When I am training for a show and I get in the really low body fat percentages I look good all of the time. My look fluctuates every 3-4 hours and I look better at some times than others, but for the most part I always look shredded. When you are really lean you look good all of the time no matter what. Control your bloat, eat your protein, get shredded, and train hard!