FITNESS HACKS | Protein is not just for bodybuilders!
Well... Technically, by definition, if your strengthening and enlarging your muscles you're bodybuilding. :P
It is a common misconception for people to refrain from eating after exercise because they think that their body will continue to burn fat because their appetite is depressed. This is actually going to work against your efforts to change your body and you are depriving your newly stimulated muscles of the nutrients they need to change and grow. When our muscles grow, our bodies will burn more calories throughout the day! We want muscle gains to create a change in our body composition.
So what do you need after a workout?
The subject of "protein" is often associated with men and huge guys. It is actually important though for ANYONE who does any form of intense exercise. When we exercise (especially to the intensity we do on the Megaformer) we are tearing down our muscles. After exercise is when your muscles are primed to begin the repair process and need the amino acids that are found in protein. Studies show that consuming between 15-20 grams of protein immediately after your workout will facilitate this process and help your muscles repair and grow.
Where do you get protein?
The options are limitless! Animal proteins, including meat, fish, poultry, and milk products, are rich in high-quality proteins, just try to stay on the leaner sides of your meat choices. There are also a lot of plant-based protein sources, however they may be lacking in one or more amino acid, so it is ideal to combine some foods together to make a complete protein profile. These combinations can include, peanut butter on a slice of whole-wheat bread, beans and rice, or an apple with a small handful of almonds.
Clean protein powders are also a great alternative for people on-the-go. There are a lot to choose from and A LOT with artificial sweeteners and preservatives. There are really great whey, goat, and plant-based proteins on the market today.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Protein is not just for the meat-heads at the gym. Make sure you're refueling properly so you can make the most out of your workouts!