Protein is basically the building blocks of the body. It is made up of amino acids. These are split into 2 categories; essential and non-essential. It is responsible for muscle growth, breakdown and recovery.
The body cannot store protein when it does not need it. The body will excrete any excess protein through urine. This also means that your body needs a constant supply of protein to help it function properly (nerve function, hormone production, muscle contraction & encourages a healthy immune system). Basically, without an adequate protein intake, our bodies cannot function as they should be.
Consuming protein will also help you keep fuller for longer, increasing satiety and help to keep your hands out of the biscuit tin because of it!
Now, a common question among women would come across like this ‘But Andy, if I eat lot’s of protein, will it make me all big and scary?’
The answer is no.
In order to put on a significant amount of muscle, you need to be strength training very hard and eating A LOT of calories. If half the guys in the weights area are struggling to increase the size of there biceps, and they’re trying to get big, what chance do you have?
The reason why we advocate consuming protein after exercise?
So you can preserve your muscle tissue and allow your body to burn fat. If we don’t do this, the body will then break down your muscles….and leave the body fat. You don’t want that to happen right?