Are you eating enough protein… or too much??🌸⤵️
Basically all we ever hear anymore is that protein is the holy grail to everything and anything you want. And nowadays you can find protein-infused pizza, pasta, drinks, chips, probably air??…I’m not discrediting that protein is important. It is VERY important. But, as with anything, a line must be drawn…
WHAT IS PROTEIN USED FOR⤵️
Protein is what builds and maintains our muscles. When we’re lifting in the gym, we’re doing no muscle building at all. We’re actually ripping our muscles apart. When we rest and eat properly, the muscles repair, and if we are in a surplus, they grow back bigger! Here’s the basic equation: muscle growth occurs when protein synthesis > protein breakdown. AKA when your body makes more protein molecules than it breaks down from working out.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU EAT TOO MUCH⤵️
When your body is done using the protein for muscle repair and growth, it has nothing else to do with it. And it doesn’t just store it for your next workout, either. It actually just stores it as fat…
HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH⤵️
The general rule of thumb is to stick around .8-1.0 x your body weight. This will give you the amount of grams of protein you should consume in a day. The range depends on the type of activity you do and your goals (i.e. do you lift weights? Just walk? Run marathons?) There are plenty of online calculators you can use to figure out your recommended protein intake.
✔️Other food products, besides your typical protein sources, have protein too. These numbers can add up quickly (brown rice, spinach, whole grain toast etc)
✔️Measure your meats. Meat is a highly calorie dense food. One .5 ounce difference can have a significant impact on what you’re eating!
✔️0-1 servings of a protein supplement a day. No more!! You should be getting most of your protein from whole sources!
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