The Best Source of Protein – My Personal Favorite Supplement!
I have been eating vegetarian food for many years and I’m going to the gym several times a week. My problem has always been getting enough protein in my meals to be able to build muscles. I don’t want my time and effort at the gym to be wasted so I have begun eating a protein supplement to be sure I’m getting enough of the building blocks I need to get the lean muscle mass I want.
As always when I’m about to buy something that I’m going to eat, I’m doing a thorough research first to find out what supplement is the best. My favorite so far is Sunwarrior protein powder. It’s made of the best raw, vegan, plant-based ingredients, it’s filled with so many nutrients, it’s a complete protein and it contains all essential amino acids. I love knowing that every shake I make is giving me only the best protein available.
Why do You Need Protein?
In Greek protein means “first” which says a lot. On a biological level, proteins are sort of like Legos for our bodies that help in the biological formulation. Protein is essential for life – it’s a building block of every human cell and is involved in the vital biochemical functions of the human body. Protein make up our organs, hormones, muscles, hair, skin, connective tissue, antibodies, enzymes, and more. It’s particularly important in growth, development, and tissue repair.
How Much Protein do You Need?
Research on how much protein is the optimal amount to eat for good health is ongoing, and is far from settled. Before you start increasing your daily protein intake, don’t read “get more protein” as “eat more meat.” Meat and milk products can certainly provide high-quality protein, but so can many plant foods — including whole grains, beans and other legumes, nuts, and vegetables. Aim for protein sources low in saturated fat and processed carbohydrates and rich in many nutrients.
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is a modest 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. The RDA is the amount of a nutrient you need to meet your basic nutritional requirements and keep from getting sick.
More Protein When You Get Older and/or are Exercising
Once you reach ages 40–50, you start loosing muscle mass. To prevent this you need to increase you protein intake. To determine your daily protein intake, you can multiply your weight in kilogram by 1–1.2.
People who exercise regularly also have higher needs, about 1.1–1.5 grams per kilogram. People who regularly lift weights, or are training for a running or cycling event need 1.2–1.7 grams per kilogram.
What are the best protein sources?
The healthiest options for protein are generally from plant sources such as soy, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils, but the right types of meat are also perfectly healthy when eaten in moderation.
My favorite protein shakers that I always take with me to the gym.
When is the best time to consume protein?
On average, people tend to get most of their protein during evening meals and the least at breakfast. Some newer studies show moving some protein from supper to breakfast can help with weight management by decreasing hunger and cravings throughout the day.
How Much Protein Is Too Much?
All over your local gym, you’ve probably seen your fair share of protein shakes. It’s synonymous with muscle gain and weight loss, but can you overdo it?
Our bodies can’t store protein and if you eat too much it will be converted into either energy or fat. That’s why it makes more sense to simply get your recommended amount of protein and not overdo it. I bring a shaker to the gym and get my daily dose of plant based protein every time after I have exercised. I often make one more during the day to be sure I’m getting enough protein. I’m not sure if its because I have started taking this supplement or not but the last couple of months I have seen more results at the gym than I have in a long time.