Ever wonder how athletes and celebrities are able to maintain their healthy diet? Most have very busy schedules, yet somehow most of them manage to stay fit and energized through all of it. Aside from sticking to their workout regimen, they also make sure they are getting the right amounts of nutrition, most importantly, protein.
Protein is the building block of your muscles and is one of the key ingredients when setting fitness and diet goals. This is why you’ll see celebs and athletes stocked with supplemental protein sources like protein shakes, snacks and bars as they go about their days, making sure that they always have a quick source of protein intake when needed.
Protein bars, when they are low in sugar and high in protein content, can be a useful addition to your fitness regimen. They’re convenient, healthy snacks that are easy to take with you on the go. They keep you fuller, longer in between meals. Protein shakes also serve as a satisfying alternative that can keep you from indulging in something more sugary and less healthy. The calories, sugars, fibre, sodium and other ingredients are clearly printed on the label, which makes them easy to track and to fit into your food intake journal or monitoring system.
Lastly, protein and pre-workout supplements are perfect for that quick energy boost that will motivate you to perform better and maximize your time at the gym.
Most people already eat meals with natural protein sources such as eggs, meat, poultry or fish; plant-based sources like legumes, nuts, seeds, oats and more. But as you increase your workout regimen, resistance, weight and intensity, the amount of protein your body needs to keep building goes up.
Just because a protein-containing food, like eggs, might weigh 46 grams in its entirety, it doesn’t mean it contains that many grams of protein; it actually only has around 6 grams of protein. A great way to keep up with this increased demand is to supplement with a quick protein bar or shake.
One of the best ways to lose weight and/or build lean muscle mass is to pair a workout regimen with a high-protein diet. After all, protein is the building block of your muscles. A high protein diet will not only help your muscles, but also your tendons, skin, organs, hormones, neurotransmitters, and other molecules that serve important functions in your body.
While the role and effects of carbs and fat are debated, almost every weight loss and/or fitness regimen places protein at the top of the priority list.
Protein is essential to both building lean muscle mass and promoting a healthy metabolic rate. It also boosts peptide YY, the hormone that gives you the feeling of being full. A 2015 review in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism advised people aiming to lower body fat and increase muscle to take in about 25-35 grams of protein with each meal. Another figure, published by BBC, says men should take in approximately 55 grams of protein daily and women, around 45 grams.
While you don’t need to go overboard with supplemental protein, an active person who goes to the gym at least once a day does need a higher amount of protein than a sedentary person to help their muscles recover and keep building.
Remember that the need for protein intake will increase with your workout intensity level. Quality protein bars provide a sustainable way to keep your body supplied with what it needs to help you reach your body goals - and maintain them.
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