Protein plays a big role for any individual and, especially that of an athlete’s diet. But there are many obscure myths about what kind of proteins to consume and when to consume them, which might be making your life a lot harder.
MYTH 1 More protein = more muscle:
It’s a proven fact that your body can’t repair or develop muscle without the full suite of essential amino acids found in multiple foods sources. But protein alone isn’t enough to build or maintain strength and muscle mass, you need physical exercise to do that.
MYTH 2 You can only absorb a limited amount of protein in one sitting:
It is commonly thought that the body can only digest 30g of protein per meal. This isn’t accurate. The bigger you are, the intensity of your training and the more regularly you eat protein, will all vary the amount of protein your body needs and can digest, and therefore the better your body will be able to digest it.
MYTH 3 Fast Absorption = Muscle Growth:
It is frequently thought that the faster protein is absorbed the more beneficial for muscle growth. Wrong! Protein intake, whether processed rapidly or slowly, will always benefit athletes considerably and in the same way, the body is an intricate and impressive being and will use what it needs how it needs to.
MYTH 4 you don’t need protein powder & food – there’s no need for both:
Ideally, your diet should include a wide variety of protein sourced foods and powders, as there are different combinations of amino acids in each that have their individual benefits for muscle growth and maintenance. Protein powders can be easier to absorb, however, natural protein has a richer variety of amino acids.
MYTH 5 You should only have 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight:
1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight is the typically recommended guideline. But this needs to be taken as a guide, because if you are training more intensely and are bigger you may need more to recover from your training sessions. Also, be careful if you are less active as you don’t want to be over processing protein as you will store it.
MYTH 6 – PROTEIN IS ONLY FOUND IN MEAT:
Although animal sources of protein such as eggs, dairy and meat are excellent sources, protein can also be found in grains, legumes, nuts and even vegetables. Although meat usually offers a higher proportion of protein per 100 g compared to plant-based sources. Protein sourced from meat is also known as a complete protein, meaning that it has the full spectrum of amino acids. Protein sources from vegetables are incomplete, so pairing these sources up is necessary for a complete spectrum of amino acids (important for vegetarians).
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