protein belly?

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    Mar 22, 2011 6:36 PM GMT
    I have a question. I was chatting with my boss (she's a strict vegetarian) about leaning up for competition season coming up (I'm a ballroom dancer) and she told me that the reason my mid section is thick is because I injest too much protein. I eat healthy, lots of veggies and fruits, lean meats, and I take protein shakes. I read that you should take your ideal weight in protein. She told me that the reason im so thick in the middle is because I take too much protein. I was wondering if that had any validity at all? She told me the best way to lose would be to adopt a vegetarian diet. I am a meat guy and for me that would be hard. So I was curious, is there such a thing as protein belly? am i taking too much? i do lots of cardio everyday and dance at high intensities for hours on end. any advice?
  • tongun18

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    Mar 22, 2011 7:12 PM GMT
    No, there is no validity to that.

    Does she say why eating too much protein causes "protein belly"? Is she trying to assert that if you consume too much protein you body will either a) convert it to fat or b) store it as it would fat, thereby causing your stomach to grow?

    With protein, you either use it or lose it. If you consume large amounts of protein and your body has no immediate use for it you will catabolize it and piss it away, literally. Your body does not convert it to fat.

    It sounds like you're balancing the additional protein intake with a decent fiber intake (via fruits and veggies), keep that up. Be sure to include foods that contain chromium, like broccoli, as it aids the body with protein synthesis. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water to help flush your kidney's (they're responsible for expelling the unused protein).
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    Mar 22, 2011 10:58 PM GMT
    I've never heard of a protein belly, but I have heard that too much protein will make you fart a lot.
    Maybe the belly is just built-up farts that you held in while trying to be polite in a crowd? icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 22, 2011 11:06 PM GMT
    I've never heard of it but have noticed it on a lot of guys, have a very soild mid section but no defention to it....it is def a real thing but something you can get rid of as well. More often people who drink protein shakes develope it then people who just eat lots of meats or other high protein foods. Is not a bad thing just hard to get that six pack showing with one.
  • awm55

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    Mar 22, 2011 11:09 PM GMT
    No offense to vegetarians/vegans but have you noticed how so many of them look gaunt, underfed, and just kind of ill? I would not take healthy eating advice from someone who is a vegetarian.
  • BronxvilleNY3...

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    Mar 22, 2011 11:10 PM GMT
    What she is trying to tell is this.
    If you know the caloric value of the basic food content you will find that protein has the same caloric value like protein; that means that if you consume a lot of whatever nutrient the excess of calories is going to be storage as fat, in the natural deposits of the body.

    Macronutrient Calories Kilojoules[/b]
    Protein 4 16.7
    Fat 9 37.7
    Carbohydrate 4 16.7

    The calories are expressed per gram of the nutrient.

  • tongun18

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    Mar 23, 2011 3:48 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI've never heard of a protein belly, but I have heard that too much protein will make you fart a lot.
    Maybe the belly is just built-up farts that you held in while trying to be polite in a crowd? icon_razz.gif


    lol, protein farts are the worst!
  • LJay

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    Mar 23, 2011 3:56 PM GMT
    How is it that the vegetarian solution to everything is to be a vegetarian?

    Thick in the waist? Consider:

    genetics, too much food, exercise emphasizing development there
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    Mar 23, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
    How thick is your midsection? Show us.
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    Mar 23, 2011 9:01 PM GMT
    When she says "thick", I wonder if she does not mean fat at all. Too much protein without fiber, like in the form of protein shakes, can make you constipated. Maybe she is implying that you look like you have too much "bulk" in your gut, and upping your fiber might flush it out and make you appear slimmer...
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    Mar 25, 2011 6:17 PM GMT
    thanks guys for all your advice. i appreciate it.
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    Mar 25, 2011 8:20 PM GMT
    awm55 saidNo offense to vegetarians/vegans but have you noticed how so many of them look gaunt, underfed, and just kind of ill? I would not take healthy eating advice from someone who is a vegetarian.


    Correction: they look gaunt, underfed, ill and flabby.



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    Mar 26, 2011 3:38 PM GMT
    I'm aware of two studies that have found that high protein diet helps keeps the belly fat away.

    The first study from 2010 was co-authored by Dr. Thomas Meinert Larsen and published in the "New England Journal of Medicine". The study found that adding protein may help you take off the fat around your belly, and it may also help you keep it off. The second study from 2006 was published in the "International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism." Researchers, found that abdominal fat was reduced significantly in a high protein diet control group that also incorporated high intensity exercise.

    Of course protein contains calories and used in excessive amounts can result in fat gain.

    You can absorb approximately 25 to 30 grams of protein from the small intestine at one sitting. Exceeding this amount will cause the unabsorbed protein to be dumped into the large intestine. Gas forming bacteria will break the protein down resulting in " protein farts."

    Excess protein is not excreted by the kidneys. Protein in the urine is usually a sign of kidney damage. That is why during a routine physical, urine is checked for protein.
    There is one condition where protein can be found in the urine and it is not pathological.
    The condition occurs in adolescents and young adults and is called benign orthostatic or postural proteinuria. I had the condition when I was in college but have long outgrown it.



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    Mar 26, 2011 4:14 PM GMT
    I have a few buds whose upper abs, just below the pec, have stuck out a bit much. The only thing they all had in common was they did a lot of crunches using an ab-roller crunch frame. your head and forearms lay on a cushion, and it rolls forward giving you a perfect crunch. When they quit using it and focused on their lower abs (leg raises) and went back to unassisted crunches it went away.

    An athlete taking diet advice from a strict vegetarian is like a gay man taking moral advice from a far right winger. Baseless, and useless at best, harmful at worst.