Getting your Protein in...
What Does Protein Do?
In terms of the overall health and function of the human body, protein is essential for building and repairing things. Your organs, muscles, skin, hair, nails, bones and certain hormones are all made up of some amount of protein. It’s an absolute requirement for sustaining life and proper function.
How does protein build muscle ?
Protein is made up of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. Having a sufficient amount of protein will put you in a positive nitrogen balance, or an anabolic state. Being in an anabolic state will allow you to build muscle.
When to take it ?
The best time to consume protein for optimal muscle growth is a controversial topic. Fitness enthusiasts often recommend taking a protein supplement 15–60 minutes after exercise. This time frame is known as the “anabolic window” and said to be the perfect time for getting the most out of nutrients like protein
How much Protein ?
This means active men trying to build muscle should consume 0.64 to 0.82 grams of protein per pound of body weight each day. For example, a 160-pound man trying to increase his lean body mass should consume 102 to 131 grams of protein every day, and regularly participate in strength-building resistance exercises.
When should I take Protein shakes ?
Because solid food takes more time to digest and to break down the protein and send it to the muscles, it can be best to take a protein shake immediately following a workout, since protein shakes only take about 30 minutes to reach the muscle after ingestion.
Try to fit a shake in mid-morning and mid afternoon and before bed, so your protein levels remain up to feed the protein synthesis
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