Why are the proteins so important?
Every athlete knows that protein is a very important nutrient for health, muscle growth, and weight loss. Also, we need to eat protein foods every day to keep our metabolism running and our blood sugars stable. Proteins are long chains of amino acids, which are very important molecules that we get from our diet. Without consuming enough of protein calories you can become deficient in amino acids that lead to low energy, no muscle gains, and low concentration and memory.
Those are just some of the facts that show the importance of consuming protein foods. For lifters, protein is the main macronutrient. The king of macronutrients among three of them. Others macronutrients are carbohydrates and fats. You can't build muscle mass or lose weight in a healthy way without consuming proteins. So, for a conclusion of an importance of proteins is that you have to consume protein foods if you want to:
- Build Lean Muscle Mass
- Lose Weight
- Be Healthy
- Have More Energy
What are the best sources of protein?
1. Whey Protein Supplement
2. Lean Meats (Chicken, Turkey, Beef)
3. Fish (Tuna, Salmon)
4. Nuts (Peanuts, Almonds, Walnuts)
5. Eggs (Egg Whites)
6. Low-Fat Dairy
Last studies of protein say that ideal dose of protein per one meal is 35 grams. Only 4 ounces of Lean Chicken Meat contains about 35 grams of protein and only 196 calories and 5 grams of fats. Chicken and Turkey meat are some of the best sources of protein. Whey Protein Supplement became many famous and there is no lifter that didn't hear of it. Whey Protein is a very good supplement and I recommend it for every athlete as it is a great source of clean protein, and usually contains 80 - 90 grams of protein per 100 grams. There are also other types of Protein Supplements like Soy Protein, Rice Protein, Milk Protein but Whey is the most popular and his effect is proven a long time ago.
So, buy a Whey Protein Supplement, make diet plan of a combination of foods from my list and don't forget about other two macronutrients too. Don't just focus on protein, but be sure that you are consuming at least 0.5 gram per pound to maintain muscle mass and 1 - 1.2 grams of protein per pound for athletes that want to build muscle mass.
Also, check out my Diet Tips for Lean Muscle Mass.