If you are on Anabolic Steroids there is a chance that you DO need an increased amount of protein in your diet.
After all, with one a good round of Anabolics you could possibly gain more skeletal muscle mass in 8 weeks then most men do in 80 weeks.
In fact, when you think about men in their 30’s, 40’s and beyond, a cycle of anabolic steroids may add more muscle then they would otherwise see in the rest of their lifetime.
So really, it’s reasonable to suggest that the nutritional needs may be different for people who are ‘on’. (i.e. they may need significantly more protein)
The other issue with Anabolic Steroid use that may necessitate higher protein intakes is that it is a situation of FORCED muscle growth.
Meaning your muscles are going to grow regardless (even if you are not weight training)…which makes me wonder:
Where does the needed protein come from in situations of FORCED and rapid muscle growth?
If not diet, then we are looking at other sources.
And while for normal non-steroid people, the labile amino acid pool, as well as the amino acid recycling that occurs in our body is usually enough to make up for any deficit left from our diets..you have to wonder: In situations of massive growth could these amino acids be leached from our internal organs?
And at what rate?
Could high dose Anabolics actually cause organ damage if not matched with suffecient dietary protein to match the increased rates of growth?
Bottom line – this post is more of a rambling ‘think out load’ kinda post, but it does make you wonder if A) steroids create a need for more protein and B) why we take nutritional advice from people on steroids if we are NOT on steroids….
PS – If you are interested in my views on protein you can see www.TruthAboutProtein.com