Protein is typically associated to building muscle. When people think of eat protein, they usually think of some jacked body builder eating steaks and downing protein shakes.
To be honest you’re probably right. But there’s much more to it than eating loads of protein and you’ll gain muscles on top of muscles over night.
I have already discussed protein, carbs and fat in a previous post but I thought I’d do specific posts about each one and give a bit more info on each and how they affect weight loss, building muscle, recovery and more.
So looking past steaks and protein shakes, and looking at how protein can help control your hunger, how you can actually burn more calories eating certain forms of protein due to how it gets digested. It is also very looked when it comes to how it effects your health and immune system.
Introduction To Protein
This will just be a quick run through of what protein is (again, more can be found on my previous about Macronutrition).
Protein consists of amino acids. These amino acids form the building blocks for new tissue and help repair damaged tissue and cells. They also make enzymes, hormones and antibodies. Protein can even be used as fuel although it is nowhere near as good a fuel source as fat or carbs.
For the vast majority of people they get their protein from the likes of meat, eggs, and fish and topped up with protein shakes.
Though there are many more sources than these few. So don’t feel you need to stick to certain “lists”. Experiment where and how you get your protein. Nuts, beans and lentils are also great sources.
There is no “best” source of protein. Though the likes of meat and fish are the most efficient ways of getting protein in your diet.
Now there is still a bit of a debate about how much protein you need in your diet.
Like everything, it comes down to each individual and there’s no right amount that covers everyone.
The highest needs are for the likes of: