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Muscle Soreness After Training Means You Are Eating Too Much Of This Food

Exercising and Muscle Pain

Eating a high protein diet is essentially a slow starvation that may initially result in weight loss initially, but will result in physiological stress and weight gain over time.


Muscle soreness is questionably the most painful part of getting back into shape. If muscle soreness is severe enough, it can set back workout efforts up to three days, while slowing weight loss and muscle building success and, by all accounts, incapacitating you in the process.

Have you ever wondered why your muscles become sore after a work out? Well for starters you’ve stressed them enough where they need to repair and strengthen. That being said, the reason you’re sore is because you’re likely following the fitness industry recommendation of eating too much protein in your diet.

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If You Only Ate Protein You Would Starve To Death

It is a fact, that if you only ate a diet of animal protein you would starve to death. The name for this phenomenon is called “rabbit starvation.” which is essentially a form of protein poisoning that occurs when eating a diet completely devoid of glucose and fat.

The reason you would starve to death eating just protein is because every cell in your body, and incidentally, your muscles and brain, runs on glucose. Therefore, a protein-only diet would leave you depleted, malnourished and weakened, as opposed to giving you strength. Over time, you would become over-stressed on a physiological level, since protein is particularly hard on the stomach, digestive tract, the liver and the kidneys. On the upside, if there is one, your body mass index would also be very low, which has become the appeal of many bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts, but is nonetheless a slow farm of starvation.

High Protein Diets Are Acidic

Dr. Robert Atkins, remember him? He was a cardiologist and the founder of the famous Atkins Diet – a highly acidic, high-protein, high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that swept the nation with promises of fast weight-loss. Not ironically, but predictably, Dr. Atkins died suddenly of cardiac arrest – proof that his own acidic high protein diet plan had ultimately failed him.

High protein, low carbohydrate diets are acidic to a body that is naturally alkaline, which leaves the body constantly working against depletion, malnutrition and starvation. What is more, high protein diets are a little known cause of fatty liver and in many cases, weight gain. Therefore, it becomes clear that high protein diets like the Atkins Diet are too dangerously high in protein for optimum health. While a high protein diet may get you the results you want in the short-term, over time your body will begin to rebel with cravings.

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High Protein Diets Are Deficient

One reason your body may alert you with cravings is because it is becoming malnourished and depleted. Another way to look at a diet such as the Atkins Diet is that these types of high protein diets are vitamin and glucose stingy. Have you looked at how much Vitamin C – a vitamin humans would die without – is in animal protein? I’ll save you the effort – the amount of Vitamin C contained in animal protein is zero.

If there is hesitance to reduce protein in your diet due to an underlying fear that you aren’t getting enough of it, put those thoughts to rest. This fear is not based in reality, since the western diet affords us more than twice the amount of protein we need allowing for sore muscles, slow recovery times, stressed organs, fatty livers, ultimate weight gain and can overtime, be injurious to your health.

You Don’t Need As Much Dietary Protein As You Think

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, suggests we need only five to six percent of our total calories from protein. This is much lower than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for the average adult of 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight – roughly ten percent protein. That being said, if you turn to nature you’ll see that the estimated daily intake of ten percent protein is about right, since breast milk, the milk Nature created for the greatest growth spurt of our lives, is also under ten percent of protein.

Eating Too Much Animal Protein Will Shorten Your Life

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Animal protein is classified as meat, eggs, poultry, fish and milk. Every meal containing animal protein renders you more liable to various forms of chronic disease and cancer. That being said, if you must have it, your amount of animal protein, especially red meat, should be kept to a minimum of no more than four ounces, four times per month. All other protein should come from a plant-based source of either nuts, beans, seeds, fruits and leafy green vegetables. Any meat that is processed or cured such as hot dogs, cold cuts, bacon and dried meats should be avoided, since these have also been strongly linked to causing cardiovascular disease and cancer.

High Protein Diet Is As Bad For You As Smoking

Subsequently, eating a diet high in animal protein, especially during middle age, will make you four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein, plant-based diet, according to a study out of University of Southern California. This is a mortality risk factor comparable to smoking twenty cigarettes a day. The ripple effect of this study has initiated the 2015 U.S. dietary guidelines to back off from meat and promote sustainability by eating more plant-based foods.
Processed Meats Should Never Be Eaten

In a 2012 Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, 120,000 men and women were investigated for more than two decades. Processed red meats were strongly linked to death from cardiovascular disease. Every additional 1.5 ounce serving of processed red meat consumed daily was linked to a twenty percent increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease death. With every additional three-ounce serving of unprocessed red meat the study participants ate, their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease increased by thirteen percent. Interestingly, when I researched deaths of people eating plant-based protein, there was no data.

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A Plant-based Diet High In Fruit Will Alleviate Muscle Soreness And Increase Strength

Not surprisingly, researchers estimated that if all the men and women in the study had reduced their total red and processed red meat intake to less than half a serving per day, and replaced these with healthier plant-based substitutions of protein, one in ten cardiovascular disease deaths would have been prevented. That means, eliminating animal protein from the diet can save lives.

Further, in a nutritional update for physicians, it is suggested that doctors recommend a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity. If your doctor hasn’t suggested this dietary change as a first measure, you may want to find a practitioner or holistic health practitioner who will.

You Can Grow Huge Muscles Eating Plants

Not surprisingly, the largest land animals in the world – elephants, hippos, giraffes – are exclusively vegetarian. No different than humans in how they utilize protein, these animals grow to be thousands of pounds by eating no animal protein and nothing but plants. How these animals grow to become so big if plants aren't loaded with protein is a question to ponder.

More Protein Is Not Better For Muscle Recovery

For the purpose of bodybuilding, more protein is not better since muscle recovery time is hindered and your body is doubly stressed from eating a high protein diet. That is to say, your body perceives training as stress and, it also perceives digesting meat for up to three days as stress.

The big reveal is, if you’re eating more than ten percent protein daily, you are overeating, overworking your organs, starving yourself and depleting your muscles of glucose stores necessary for recovery. While your body is busy processing all the meat you eat, your muscles aren’t getting the physiological attention they need to repair themselves and heal from the body’s processes. And so, not only are your muscles exhausted, your organs are exhausted by having to process your high intake of animal protein. This combination of inner physiological stress will inevitably create muscle burn out instead of muscle strength and may be the catalyst for injury. Science backs this up: Ingesting high amounts of protein during training is a less efficient way of training according to a study in the American College of Sports Medicine Journal, and do not promote greater gains in strength or fat-free mass.

No More Than 10% Of Your Diet Should Be Protein

It has long been a mistaken belief that high amounts of protein are needed for bodybuilding when the reverse is true. This is likely due to the directions of USDA recommendations to consume ten to thirty-five percent of your calories from dietary protein. However, this is outdated advice.

Many national health agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend we need between five to fifteen percent of our total calories from protein, stating that ten percent is in fact adequate as Dr. Campbell has recommended, with at least ten percent plant-based dietary fat and eighty percent of the diet being fruit and leafy green vegetables. This will help greatly to properly recover your aching muscles from your workout, while dramatically increasing energy and strength.

Eat 3-5 Fruits Each Day

You would do well to eat at least three to five fruits as your first meal of the day particularly, after a workout. Eating fruit for breakfast is highly recommended way to nourish yourself, get the fiber, vitamins, minerals you need to function optimally. Eating fruit for breakfast is also easy on the digestive tract and a welcome relief for overworked muscles.