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The Power of Protein

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The importance of protein is well known to fitness buffs and athletes.  However, many of those struggling with weight and diet should become just as educated about the importance of protein in stemming hunger and caloric intake while maximizing strength and energy.  In this post we’ll offer yet another healthy living fact regarding protein as it applies to both the hard-core athlete and those of us “mere mortals”.

Athletes who supplement protein do so to do so to expedite muscle growth and to maintain muscle mass. The protein supplement can be used both in pre and post-workout.  Protein has always been a indispensable requirement for human growth and maintenance.  However, intense physical activity demands increased intake over and above the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of protein.  According to the Institute of Medicine, the RDA for an adult male is 34-56 grams per day depending on age.  The RDA for non-pregnant or lactating females is 34-46 grams per day.  Athletes go far beyond these RDA’s, but as you might have guessed, we strongly suggest the exact additional intake be based on professional advice.
   
How about you dieters?  How can protein supplements help you?  You should know that protein powder prevents hunger because it is filling.  Unlike carbs, which provide instant energy, they also are consumed comparatively quickly.  Once carbs are consumed, the body's blood-sugar level falls with the end result being early onset of hunger.  Now your off to consume more calories to combat that hunger.  Now protein itself is not calorie free, however, dieters will find in most cases that on average, protein inhibits the onset of hunger for a much longer period of time than carbs.  Less hunger, less calories....it is that simple.  It would therefore be logical and well advised to make some level of direct swap of carbs for protein.  

There are many companies coming out with protein supplements however our job at The Answer is Fitness is not to promote any one particular company.  With that said, any member of the Answer is Fitness staff will be more than happy to discuss protein and give you real examples of how it helps.   As to how much and how often to supplement, we recommend that you talk to your personal trainer, doctor, or dietitian for unbiased and professional advice.   



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