OK to Feed Athletes More Protein
A study examined the impact of increasing the amount of protein consumed on “resistance-trained” men and women. Researchers formed two groups feeding one an average of 5 ounces of protein per day and the other an average of 11 ounces of protein per day. Both groups kept their regular training and the rest of their food consumption the same.
At the end of 8 weeks, “there were no significant changes over time or between groups for body weight, fat mass, fat free mass, or percent body fat.” The authors noted that “consuming 5.5 times the recommended daily allowance of protein has no effect on body composition in resistance-trained individuals who otherwise maintain the same training regimen.”