Why High Protein Diets Can Impair Your Performance | Tennis Conditioning

Why High Protein Diets Can Impair Your Performance | Tennis Conditioning


Hello Folks and welcome to the program! Today I want to talk a little bit about why
high protein diets can impair your performance. So if you are consuming lots of protein powder
or bars pay attention! Whatever your reasons may be for being on
a high protein diet, you have to adjust your drinking behavior as well. Oh, and if you use a high protein diet because
you want to loose weight then you might want to rethink that strategy – I will explain
why a little later on. Now, if you don’t drink more water your
new diet may become more harmful to your performance than beneficial and here is why. Protein consists of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen,
and nitrogen. If you increase the amount of protein in your
diet then the amount of urea, which is a waste product the body produces, increases as well
since urea is being used by the body to get rid off excess nitrogen. Now, in order to get rid off the urea via
urine, your body uses water. Because your body needs the extra water to
excrete the urea via urine, insufficient water reserves in your body can cause dehydration,
which impairs your metabolism and hence decreases performance. Ok? Now, why are high protein diets not beneficial
if you want to lose weight? As we mentioned before you have the risk of
dehydration but that’s not all. When you consume less carbs and more protein
for instance then you will lose WEIGHT since your body doesn’t store as much water with
it but that doesn’t mean you are losing fat in the process. Often times what happens is once you return
to your “normal” diet you regain the water weight that is associated with carbohydrate
storage. So instead you might want to try eating more
complex carbs and foods rich in fiber if weight loss is your goal.  
Ok, so drink more water while you are on a high protein diet and, to be on the save side,
try working with a Registered Dietitian before making any significant changes to your diet. Why? Because this ensures that you use dietary
compounds effectively to increase your performance and you can minimize the risk for adverse
health effects. I’m Philipp Halfmann, thank you for watching
and Auf Widersehen!

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