How Does A Protein Deload Help Your Fitness? – AMA with James FitzGerald

How Does A Protein Deload Help Your Fitness? – AMA with James FitzGerald


It basically gives the gut a break. The protein deload came about in an
athletic sense because a lot of intense fitness athletes were breaking down a lot of muscle and they were starting to get food aversions, joint pain and sensitivities to specific kind of foods which lead to immune issues and adrenal function problems that’s taken me two decades to formulate a plan to fix. I looked parallel to a disease state which, if you know my perspective on elite fitness, I think elite fitness sits right next to sickness and health, so you probably need to look at how to deal with disease when you’re looking to deal with elite fitness and how they deal with disease, for those same issues happening inside the terrain, is to basically pull away hard to digest macronutrients. That essentially gives the immune
system and the digestive system a break. What would you pull away as a macronutrient that would do that? In most cases, it’s protein because, in fitness, we’re breaking down so much protein. Now, it depends upon your knowledge around the subject; you may be caught up into 2 decades of info that say if you don’t eat protein you’re gonna shrivel and die or never look good naked. That’s basically horse shit. That’s what the supplement companies and the industry is making you believe, Anabolism and keeping muscle is a very
complicated process based upon hormone function, immune system, your overall health, etc… So, this concept of protein deload is to basically for the person who’s
fairly intense in fitness, is breaking down protein a lot and is possibly getting into a little bit of lactate as being a bi-product of their training, this (bi-product) ends up being stored in tissues in your digestive system in all muscles, therefore, in order for you to continue to break down protein as food stuffs, it basically just starts fermenting in your gut. When that occurs, what ends up
happening is gas, bloating, joint pain, immune dysfunction, etc… simply because you have to continue to do hard work right in training, but you’re not pulling away a macronutrient that’s creating that overload of protein break down the system. So, using these models of sickness, they do what’s called a protein deload which can last a few days or up to weeks. What the coach should do in looking at that is to say “it’s really just a vegetarian diet.” Just think of it as as a vegetarian diet with a lot of good cooked foods and quality lowered amounts of fats. I need you, as the coach, to think about that because you’ll start recognizing that the positive benefits of vegetarianism are not only due to moral beliefs, but because people have treated their systems like
shit for 45 years. When/if they go into a cleaner version of foods, that doesn’t make vegetarianism the answer to their health. It a fix to their shitty lifestyle. That’s what you should think about and why the protein deload can be effective for numerous people in general fitness, but more importantly this deload is effective because it gives the gut a break. That break to the gut can result in lymph moving more effectively, giving the gallbladder a breather for a few days, you could also maybe find out protein totals that you could be having based on satiety – ie you could have been taking in 260g of protein daily – after this protein deload, you may go back, keep your same lean mass and perform just as well on apx 150g of protein daily. It’s highly important that you don’t do anything stressful for those 3 days. We’d highly recommend easy blood flow work We don’t recommend a massive detox in the same period of time. After you deload, just get back to your
regular training afterwards. If you’re a person who loves consistency and who can implement it in a cycle, I’d say the last 3 days of every month, all year, would be a great placement for that. That would be for the person who is pretty intense at exercise, who needs to give their gut a break, after months and months they’re probably recognizing some sensitivities to some foods, they may be getting into some states of fatigue in their training. And, for others, it may just be a good idea for you to to take a look and see the power of those macronutrients when you pull them away.

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