Too Much Protein Causes Death Of Bikini Competitor

Too much protein can be extremely damaging.

Bodybuilding isn’t just about working out hard and pushing the body to the limit. Well…it is, but that’s not all. Essentially the entire endeavor is a science project that you put yourself through. Consuming the right nutrients and training the muscles properly are all keys to the success of a bodybuilder. While many people are confident in the information they receive about consuming the right products in order to experience muscle growth, the truth of the matter is that there will come a time where everything is flipped on it’s head.

For years we’ve heard that if you want to build muscle that you must consume an adequate amount of protein to jump start your growth and ensure that your muscle stays strong. The unfortunate truth about that fact is that though protein is essential to making gains, consuming more than is necessary can be useless to your growth or worse yet, could prove to be a major health risk. Once again we’ve learned just how dangerous bodybuilding can be with the recent death of West Australian female bodybuilder and mother of two Meegan Hefford.

A competitor since 2014, Hefford was training for an upcoming show, consuming high amounts of protein in preparation for the event. Hefford was found unconscious in her apartment and was pronounced dead days later. Her mother noted that her protein consumption had been extreme during this prep and it appears that it was the culprit behind this young women’s untimely passing. Hefford suffered from a rare genetic disorder that she likely had no clue she had. Urea Cycle Disorder affects one in 8000 individuals and prevents a person from breaking down protein properly. The excess protein Hefford consumed didn’t breakdown and as such caused a great deal of ammonia to build up in her body, causing fluid build up around her which contributed to her losing consciousness and ultimately her life.

Hefford suffered from a rare genetic disorder that she likely had no clue she had. Urea Cycle Disorder affects one in 8000 individuals and prevents a person from breaking down protein properly. The excess protein Hefford consumed didn’t breakdown and as such caused a great deal of ammonia to build up in her body, causing fluid build up around her brain which contributed to her losing consciousness and ultimately her life.

It’s always terrible to hear about tragedies like this. But stories like these also act as a reminder that nothing can be taken for granted in bodybuilding and that doing things safely is absolutely paramount. Generation Iron expresses condolences for Meegan Hefford’s death and hope her family can make it through this ordeal.

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  1. She had a predisposition of Urea Cycle Disorder. Meaning she had a disorder that causes her body to not able to break down protein properly.

    The headline is a little misleading. This is sad news

  2. This title is like saying “Shocking a man died from drinking to much water in a matter of minutes” then go off to saying he was in the middle of the ocean fell over board and drowned but yet blame “water” itself

  3. Maybe you should state that she had a rare genetic disorder before you state that she died from high amounts of protein! I’m about tired of all this misleading information that this page is putting out….a bunch of fucking morons! I’m done with this page….peace out bitches!

  4. I am shocked that any reputable company that is in the supplement or bodybuilding category would post such a POS headline aligned with the death of a respected competitor of the sport. No need to look for my name in your shopping cart, because your store is probably fillled with the same misleading hype!

  5. This click bait shit STILL?! It was due to a DISEASE, plus your stellar writing had a paragraph that was repeated. Lmao click bait, spam and brutal copy errors. Weak social media team guys.

  6. Its not about protein its about balance. I became vegetarian and feel amazing and still lift regularly without fatigue. The food industry wants us to be stuck on products, supplements and meat. I don’t take any supplements ass well I just eat plant based protein and greek yogurt its about renewing your mind. Fasting actually promotes HGH and rebuilds your immune system don’t believe the hype

  7. Hefford suffered from a rare genetic disorder that she likely had no clue she had. Urea Cycle Disorder affects one in 8000 individuals and prevents a person from breaking down protein properly. The excess protein Hefford consumed didn’t breakdown and as such caused a great deal of ammonia to build up in her body, causing fluid build up around her which contributed to her losing consciousness and ultimately her life.

  8. It’s sad that GI would choose this type of headline as it is pretty much click bate and misleading. So many will see the headline and not read the article and spread some BS about this.

  9. You guys really post some stupid shit. As soon as I saw that she started training to compete in 2014, I knew what the problem was. Try changing the title of your articles. This was a personal medical condition, which is the only way this would occur.

  10. Your %100 correct
    My doctors constantly tell me the same exact thing. They also how to test my urine for too much protein.
    Problem with most competitors is that water intake is way down and protein is way up come show time and usually 2 weeks prior.

  11. THIS and the g4p post are PRIME examples of the lack of CARE in CONTENT that you guys exhibit. If anyone out there see this that is connected in some way to the owners or know them please show them all the click bait bullshit that the social team posts as content. This is not how you run what’s supposed to be an informative or supportive site. You must FIRE the whole team!

  12. Out of all the media out there i atleast would of thought generation iron would be the unbiased ones and ACTUALLY have the headline as it is and tell the FACTS.
    What a joke. Lost a fan sell outs

  13. Her disorder wasn’t triggered by protein instead she has a genetic problem which leads her to death. Stop blaming protein for everything. Indeed excess of everything is harm but people regular monitor their protein intake

  14. Fucking assholes, she died from a rare disorder, stop using scare tactics to push your articles! You know how many dumb fucks are gonna go vegan solely because of this articles title?

  15. What a click bait headline… The girl had a genetic condition causing a severe lack of breakdown of protein leading to a build up of ammonia in her bloodstream… Utter B.S article, why don’t you use the article for raising awareness of her RARE condition and it might save another life or two?? Instead of posting useless headlines that are totally untrue.

  16. I am a competitor of 50 years old and it makes sense that you don’t just consume protein… my diet is a variety with yes, protein. I also get blood work regularly and stay hydrated. They try to make the sport look like it is dangerous. She had a rare disorder and didn’t know it…. so this is not relevant to true competitors. Sad story that could have been prevented.

  17. My wife is a physician and she said that if you aren’t drinking enough water and Basically overdosing on protein it can screw up your kidneys reguardless of a predisposition. Hmmm. Very sad and pretty scary at the same time.

  18. Unfollowing this stupid fucking page. “TOO MUCH PROTEIN KILLS THIS BODYBUILDER” turns out she has a super rare disease? That’s like saying “SMELLING ROSES KILLS MAN” and turns out he has stage 89 lymphoma and fucking 2 shotgun wounds to the lungs and 3 botched surgeries. You guys are cunts for posts like this. I’m out.

  19. Fake news !!!!!! Please click on my bull shit headline .. lol they know exactly how to bait people .. that wasn’t the cause . Deleting this page it’s worse then the national enquirer!

  20. Really generation iron?? Really?? Even you guys can’t report the truth?
    As sad as this death is it’s not “because she ate too much protein” it’s because she had a genetic disorder known as Urea Cycle disorder where her body couldn’t process protein. She ended up with hyperammonia which ultimately caused her death.
    Even if she wasn’t a fitness competitor it would be likely that these complications would have arisen in her life.

    Honestly, report the truth not some vague BS which puts a bad light on our sport.

  21. Ya, it was the protein. Not the rare genetic disorder…………lets just ignore all the literature out there showing that healthy people have no adverse side effects to high protein intakes, see recent Antonio et al. studies.

  22. Generation Iron: Please proof read.or double proof read your articles. You have back to back paragraphs that are identical. Too, I agree with one respondent who stated the the headline.of the article was all wrong. Personally with that as a headline I generally will trash it sans a second thought. Too many “professionals” giving their God received advice on the discussion of protein. Adnausium. You can think of a better hook than : Too much protein……etc etc. Keep the articles coming, I enjoy them!

  23. Your body gives you messages in one way or another.. Im sure she had side effects and changes that she could have taken a note of. Sad story

    • She had a predisposition of Urea Cycle Disorder. Meaning she had a disorder that causes her body to not able to break down protein properly.

      For anyone that is concerned with consuming high protein, the best you can do is cycle your protein intake (high in contest prep, moderate to lower in offseason) and drink lots of water. Not much else.

      The headline is a little misleading. This is sad news

  24. Your FB page does so ridiculously little for the understanding, acceptance and prosperity of bodybuilding, it’s honestly beyond irritating at this point. Your science-based articles would get you an F- if you even had the grammatical skills to be in 5th grade science class for a research study. Stick to the bad photoshops, roid rage article, synthol and butt implanted “IG Fit girlz” articles so we can continue laughing at that. But don’t post this horrible tragedy with some misleading bullshit misinformation. Fucking idiots….

  25. I expected better of you generation iron.. This is a badly written article with a really misleading title.
    You are acting like a really misinformed daily rag newspaper.
    Really sad news about the women who lost her life due to a condition.

    • Habs gerade gelesen. meinst du wirklich es liegt am Protein ? Vielleicht versucht ja die Mutter Steroidenkonsum ihrer Tochter zu unterschlagen oder weiß es nicht ? aber du hast recht es sterben viele zur Zeit.
      Hab gestern bei Netflix eine Doku angeschaut in der es auch darum ging dass viele drei, vier Tage vor der Show wirklich NICHTS MEHR TRINKEN! Aber Kohlenhydrate hochballern…ist doch verrückt oder ?

  26. Fucking Generation Iron! Stop putting out garbage! The whole bodybuilding social media system feels like it is falling apart. There seem to be less and less intelligent discussion and or content being put out. And GI is one of the worst

  27. I’m still struggling to understand why I still follow this page. Constant utter utter shite. She died because of a genetic disorder meaning she can’t process protein properly, not because of protein it’s self!

    There is nothing harmful about a high protein diet, unless you have a medical condition.

    High protein diet from a mixture of animal and plant proteins have been shown time and time again to be beneficial for fat loss and muscle gain.

  28. yeah ok give a girl a big fat chicken she eats it and dies, fuck off cunts, fucking GI fake news cunts run by a non lifting vampire cunt named Vlad the Youtube content stealing Yudin.

  29. yes…..very poorly written. Where was the fluid build up? Sounds like a puddle she waded around in. All foods, supplements and medications are filtered through the liver and/or kidneys. The high protein diets with or without fat are deliberately putting the body in a keto acidotic state or ketosis which is extremely dangerous and occurs in diabetic patients Basically the principle of the ketosis diet
    .. It will make you lose weight for awhile but it can destroy your metabolism over time and even kill you. With out properly hydrating with water to flush the system, fluid would build up around the heart and lungs……not just around her. It is very sad but unfortunate that the information is so inaccurate. I’m not sure the “condition” was even the issue. Probably dehydration with a seriously low potassium level that caused the build up of fluid around the heart and lungs and in her abdoman. Get the information and understand it or don’t write about it! As a biochemist and veterinarian with an additional PhD in human physiology, I have been very pleasantly surprised at the science and intellect used by most body builders. This was not one of those stellar moments in the information highway

  30. Bikini fitness. I’m sure her vanity was the real cause … these girls are killing the heath and fitness world. And flooding the social media with there crap… look at me my ass so much hard work blah blah…. another bites the dust more to come ..

  31. This is a stupid write up. She had a condition. The condition ultimately killed her. Not too much protein. Get people with facts not hype. This page is often overhyped bullshit.

  32. Nick is correct. Why are the headlines ” Woman consumes too much Protein and Dies”. Not True! Next thing ya know they will say Protein Powder is a scheduled C drug like Steroids and Heroin. Grrrr….

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