By Lee Labrada  

 

If you're a female subscriber to our Lean Body Coaching newsletter,  or even a guy with a special lady in your life that you're trying to get into shape, listen up, because this one is for you! 

 

This week's guest author,  natural fitness competitor and Team Labrada athlete Cecile Bayeul, R.N., will be showing you how to sculpt and tone your shoulders so you can show them off in a strapless sexy dress or bikini.  

Cecile reveals her top 5 simple tips for creating that head-turning, wow-factor look whenever your shoulders are on show!

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By Johnathan Zamora
BLACK BEAR PIE!

If you thought you couldn't have your cake and eat it too, you would be wrong.

Today, I've given the typical, low protein, chocolate pie a makeover.  You'll discover how to turn the normally bland base layer into a super tasty crunch base using Teddy Grahams and pecans. I've also added some amazing-tasting Labrada Prov60 chocolate protein powder to increase its lean muscle building potential .

This recipes serves up to 8 people and provides just 190 calories per serving,  5.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein.

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By Lee Labrada

Today's "Ask Lee", comes from Simon B, Simon Asks: 
 
Hi Lee, can you confirm whether it's true that taking extra whey protein or other proteins is bad for your kidneys? I've read on-line lots of conflicting advice, can you shed any light on the subject?
 
Thank you in advance.
Simon .

 Hello Simon,  I'm happy to help you with a definitive answer on what is now, a very old, yet persistent myth.

The most virulent fear-mongering in the fitness industry tends to be based on misconstrued data. The initial study, that propagated this myth, was based on individuals with significant kidney dysfunction.

When you eat protein, you excrete a substance know as urea. This isn't an issue for normal individuals, however if you existing kidney problems, it can be.  

It goes without saying, that if you have a severe medical condition, you shouldn't ingest or take anything that may irritate it. This holds true, whether it's kidney, heart or indeed any other organ.

Fortunately, most of us don't have extreme kidney health issues. For those who are actively engaged in physical pursuits, especially resistance training of some kind , additional protein intake is a must for lean muscle growth, retention and balancing macro nutrients to assist in fat loss.

You'll also be pleased to know, that not a single peer reviewed study of protein use in normal healthy adults found a single case of kidney dysfunction. 

In addition, let's also look at the real world and see if this myth holds water. There are literally millions of fitness enthusiasts who ingest more than the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of protein. Despite this, we have no recorded cases of kidney failure in normal healthy adults, where protein was found to be responsible.

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If additional protein was the culprit,  we would know by now, as we'd have seen thousands of cases of kidney dysfunction in these individuals. However, we see none.

Bottom line, a higher protein intake than the RDA is not harmful and is in fact, beneficial for individuals looking to improve body composition and build a lean, healthy physique.

It should also be noted that a high quality Whey protein offers a large variety of health benefits due to in part to the high content of cysteine and lactoferrin which serve to regulate metabolism, repair muscle tissue, and protect your body from free radicals amongst other benefits. 

Whey also raises your body's natural levels of glutathione, an antioxidant that contributes to proper immune system function. 

In short, you won't come to any harm taking additional protein over and above the RDA, in fact, depending on your current levels of protein intake, you may even benefit from doing so. 

Until next time,  stay healthy and strong. 
 
Get lean, live lean!

Yours for a Lean Body,

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Lee Labrada,

Founder & CEO Of Labrada Nutrition.