Protein Power...

It seems that everywhere we look nowadays another fitness guru pops up on the internet or TV pushing their latest fitness regime and nutrition tips. Eat this! Don’t drink that! Work out 3 times a week! Cut down on carbs! Increase your protein levels! It can all seem a bit confusing and overwhelming knowing whose advice to follow. The bottom line is that the ideal way to keep fit and healthy is to eat a balancing diet combined with exercise but what if you are doing this and still not seeing the results you want when you look in the mirror? 

This is where Protein Powder or supplements can come in very handy although using them can can seem a bit daunting at first in fear of turning into the incredible hulk over night. Don’t worry – this won’t happen! However increasing your protein levels can help you get the most out of your workout and enhance your overall wellbeing.

It should be noted however, that a good source of protein can be found naturally in the foods that we consume every day and protein powder should be used in addition to these foods, not instead of.

So what is protein and why do we need it?

The word ‘protein’ refers to a type of molecule in food that can be broken down into amino acids and is one of the three vital macronutrients (the others are carbohydrates and fats) required to provide our body with all nutrients and calories it needs to work efficiently. Protein helps rebuild and repair muscle tissue and plays an important role in keeping our bodies healthy and lean.

Natural proteins

Most food and drinks contain a level of protein however the following food types are protein rich;

  • Meat, in particular poultry. Lean cuts are best as they contain less saturated fat
  • Fish
  • Dairy products such as milk and natural yoghurts
  • Beans and Lentils
  • Nuts and Seeds

Protein powder benefits

As mentioned above, you should always try to get the majority of your protein from the foods that you eat as food burns fat quicker however its difficult to obtain the level required to notice muscle definition from foods alone. Protein powder therefore is a convenient way to increase the amount of protein your body is getting. It can help to boost your training performance as well and improve muscle tone.

When to take the supplement

The effect that protein has on your body depends on when you take it. For example, taking it first thing in the morning with your breakfast can help to replenish vital nutrients required after sleeping. When taking protein to aid your workouts, straight after you’ve completed your training session is the best time to take it as it helps your muscles to recover. If you opt to take your protein before a training session, leave a 30minute gap before you commence as this allows enough time to create an ‘anabolic window’ to decrease muscle damage during the workout.

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