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The Anti-Supplement People

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Have you ever met people who are so anti-supplement that it borders on becoming a mental disorder? You have two wings of the group basically. One wing thinks that if you take anything as potent as a 500mg vitamin C you're sure to be dead within three days. The other group basically denounces them because you can get all of your nutrition from food, and these supplement manufacturers are just charlatans ripping you off blind. Both views are jaded, but the latter just simply fails to look at life realistically.

OK. There is this guy who writes a column for an area newspaper. He fits into the second group from above. What makes it worse is that the guy has a masters in fitness of some sort from the local university. One article he wrote trashed the use of protein supplements. I think he was focusing on the Dr. Atikins crowd, but the article was so ridiculous, I couldn't believe he wrote it and was published.

He starts off by stating that protein supplements are totally unnecessary because you can get all of the protein you need from eating a normal diet. NORMAL DIET? What' that? Nothing 'till lunch, then a couple of snickers bars. Followed by a dinner of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, and beans and a bowl of popcorn before bed? Does he know what the normal diet for most americans is? Obviously not.

He then states the all too often quoted, and insanely outdated, "All an active individual needs is .5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. Too make that easier, just eat a half gram of protein per pound of body weight." OK. I believe that about as much as I do the current RDA for calcium, but let's not digress from the "Masters," trail of wisdom.

The guy goes on to list a sample normal diet that most people follow. This was really comical. I actually laughed outloud while reading it. It was loaded with raw nuts, fish, chicken, and plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit. What country did this guy think his article was being published in? Had his view of reality become that skewed?

Bottom line: I added up the grams of protein in his "normal diet." It contained roughly 60 grams. Now that would satisfy the protein requirements for a 120lb. individual according to the outdated formula he quoted. He's writing for quite a small audience at this point!!! LITERALLY! I thought, "What a genius! This guy has a masters degree in fitness and the credibility of writing a newspaper column behind him and then puts out garbage like this."

The point is this. You can get all of your nutritional requirements from food. Supplements are just that - FOOD supplements. However, most of us are too busy to get enough protein without some sort of supplementation. We don't have all day to take breaks and eat a protein containing meal, much less cook one. It's also near impossible to get all of the protein you need from eating three square meals a day. How outdated is that old philosophy? Meals need to be broken up and spaced throuhout the day for best absorption. If you can accomplish this effectively be eating solid food meals, then you should be fine. However, if you're like me and have to work for a living, MRP's and protein powders make life much easier. I don't mean to sound like Dennis Miller on a bad day, but please people.......give it a rest.

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