For the Love of Protein!

 

The Importance of Protein...

The use of Protein is for the production of muscles. Proteins are also used to manufacture hormones, enzymes, cellular messengers, nucleic acids, and immune-system components. Without adequate protein, our bodies can't put together the structures that make up every cell, tissue, and organ, nor can it generate the biochemical substances needed for cardiovascular function, muscle contraction, growth, and healing. Without the proper amount of protein, our muscles wouldn't heal as quickly and could lead to overtraining muscle tissue, resulting in injuries. Protein consumption is a MUST, whether you are looking to gain weight or lose it. Consuming a shake before, during or after your workout can help you see significant results with your fitness goals. 


For a very long time, I was against consuming Protein Shakes for one reason and one reason only. I bought into the myth that if I were to consume protein, I would get too big and I wouldn't be able to wash my back in the shower(real-life problems). I believed that for a long time; I was very uneducated. However, I have come to notice that many other people have the same concern that I had about drinking protein. But I am here to shed some light on the misconception and persuade you to go out and sample different sources of protein.

How much Protein should I be consuming?

Depending on how active you are, your weight, goals, and lifestyle. For endurance athletes, Peter Lemon, a professor of exercise nutrition at the University of Western Ontario, recommends getting between 0.5 to 0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight. You can find out your daily recommended intake here using this calculator.

What's the best Protein Powder? 

There is no right Protein Powder. When someone says's it's "the best," they mean the powder crosses out the three main factors on their list which are how it taste, how well their digestive system responds to it, and the growth of muscles. All protein is created to build and repair muscles, that's definite. However, how it tastes and how well your digestive system responds to it are personal factors that only you can find out. You will need to start researching what type of Protein Powders are out there and find out what works best for you. Everyone digestive system is different. I am Lactose and cannot consume Whey powder without having an irritated system, but Whey may do wonders for you and your goals. Which will then make it "the best" for you! Get your hands dirty and feel your way into a new Protein Powder. 

If consuming Protein will I gain Muscles like Terry Crews?

The answer is no; muscle growth depends on how much weight you are lifting and how long you are stressing that particular muscle. For example, if you go into the gym and you begin to do cable curls. Lifting 42LB's completing five sets, fifteen reps each. You will start to stress the muscle causing it to grow; swelling is what your arms will look like it's doing. Muscle growth doesn't take place if the tissue isn't being overly stressed/or worked out. But if you are consuming too much protein and you are not working out as needed, you can be at risk of gaining more fat than muscle. 

Is there such thing as too much Protein? 

Yes, there is a such a thing as consuming too much protein. Experts say that the pitfalls of excessive protein include dangerous or even life-threatening conditions. Such as kidney failure, gaining weight,(for those of you looking to gain weight pack on the protein.) you'll also pack on flab, the extra protein will likely be stored as fat, while the excess amino acids will be excreted. And, you'll feel nauseated—all the time.

Should I consume Protein on the days I don't work out?

Chances are you eat on the days you don't work out? So you are already consuming protein on your off days. A shake with breakfast or for lunch will not hurt. 

What Kind Of Protein Powders Are there? 

  • Whey Concentrate
  • Casein Protein
  • Whey Isolates
  • Hydrolysate Protein
  • Milk Protein Isolate
  • Soy Protein
  • Egg Protein
  • Hemp Protein Powder
  • Vegan Protein Powder Blends***

Can I Also Eat Protein? 

YES! You don't have to depend ONLY on Protein Powder to give you your daily intake, you can turn to foods as well. The best source Protein is in:

  • Lean Beef
  • Eggs
  • Lean Ground Turkey 
  • Soy 
  • Chicken Breast
  • Yellowfin Tuna
  • Peanut Butter
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Edamame
  • Quinoa
  • Salmon 
  • Ground Beef

So there you have it, I hope this information find someone who needs it. And if there is anything else you would like to know, drop a comment in the section below.

—Ward