FRE0 saidI've also read that excessive protein causes the body to lose calcium thereby increasing the risk of loss of bone density.
That can be true in the long run. Usually half of your calcium in your blood is bound to proteins (mostly albumin). If your blood protein level rises, more calcium will be bound to protein and less will be in your blood in ionized form. Your body can only regulate the ionized form, so it will tend to provide calcium from your kidneys and bones.
So yes, that actually makes sense.
FRE0 saidFine, but what happens when you reach your limit of muscle growth? Then the protein can be used for muscle repair and other purposes, but it will no longer be used for muscle growth. Once one has reached the point where muscle gain is minimal, it would seem that the minimum amount of protein required would only slightly exceed the requirements for someone who gets little exercise.
Yeah, but the body needs a high supply of protein then anyway in order to maintain this mass of muscles. Your body constantly adapts to your behaviour. What you don't need will be abolished.
So if you keep your work out on a high level you will also need a high supply of protein to maintain your mass.
MuscledHorse saidSteveny: great biochem summary!
Thank you! I'm actually glad it turned out to be somewhat proper English since it was around 1.30 am and I'd had a few beers when I wrote it
Oh and btw... you don't really need to be dietitian to know what to eat. If you want to put on mass, you have to eat more protein than usually.
And the easiest way and the only really working diet to lose weight is: Eat only the fucking half of what you usually eat, goddammit.