“Media Has Scared Us Away”: 25x World Record Powerlifter Busts a Dietary Myth While Revealing Alarming Stats About Protein Deficient Americans

Published 09/09/2023, 8:45 AM EDT

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Stefi Cohen is the first woman to deadlift weights 4.4 times her body weight. Moreover, the 25x World Record-holding powerlifter now turned boxer is breaking stereotypes in combat sports. Not only this, the bodybuilding champion is also a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She often uploads videos and reels to educate her fans about fitness, powerlifting, and bodybuilding. 

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Recently, Dr. Stefi Cohen posted a video on her social media handle explaining the importance of protein, which is one of the most essential substances in a healthy and nutritional diet. 

Dr. Stefi Cohen teaches her audience the significance of protein

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Stefi Cohen kicked off the video by stating that people in America are not taking in enough protein. As she says, “ If you’re bummed about the way you look then listen up. The media has scared us away from high protein diet because of misinterpreted research on kidney function, cholesterol, and saturated fats.” She explains the aftermath of what has happened by saying that our diet does not have nutrition in it. As a result of this, there is an increase in diseases like diabetes and obesity with almost no change in the rate of heart disease. Furthermore, she explained that a person needed to consume one gram per pound of their body weight worth of protein. Hence, she advises her followers to consume at least 20 to 30 grams of protein per meal.

Moreover, she penned in her post, In fact, the average American diet is HEAVILY deficient in protein, which is arguably the most important component of your diet. Thus, according to Dr. Cohen, high protein intake will even help one perform better.  

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Nevertheless, breaking this stereotype, she said, “The goal should always be to add and preserve as much lean body mass as possible, so don’t be afraid of increasing your protein intake.” She also helped her audience understand the easiest way to ensure they are taking enough protein.

Cohen talks about an easy way to measure protein intake

As she says, “The easiest way to make sure you’re eating enough protein is incorporating it into every meal 20-40g per meal 3-4 times per day (depending on your body weight you might have to increase that amount per meal) but you get the picture.” 

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Thus, Dr. Stefi Cohen took a stand against those who say high protein intake is detrimental to the body. Instead, she has tried to educate her fans and followers about the need to incorporate protein in their daily nutritional diet. What do you think about the powerlifter-turned-boxer’s advice on protein? Do comment below.

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Ananya Dixit

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Ananya Dixit is a bodybuilding writer at Essentially Sports. She holds a degree in marketing from London Business School. Though Ananya was a newbie sports writer till she joined ES, fitness always intrigued her.
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