Build Muscle with Protein

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Protein is a very important nutrient. It helps your body torch unwanted fat, promotes better sleep, repair damaged body tissues,  and more. It can also play a part in boosting cardiovascular health, as it keeps your blood circulation in its normal function.

And of course, as we all know, it supports muscle growth.

But how can you really build muscle with protein? Here’s a very interesting article on Flex:

Protein All Day

Most Americans make dinner their highest-protein meal of the day. Researchers sought to examine protein timing and its effect on protein synthesis. There are some advantages to late protein intake. But what about the rest of the day? Read more…

Let’s skip the animal products part, because they’re well-known as great sources of this important nutrient. We’ll focus on the less popular – the plant-based foods.

Did you know that there are plant foods that contain complete stock of this nutrient? And unlike animal meat, these foods don’t contain unhealthy saturated and trans fats, and bad cholesterol. Here’s a list written by Dana Leigh Smith on Eat This:

BEST VEGETARIAN SOURCES OF COMPLETE PROTEIN

With the ever-growing popularity of protein shakes and half-pound burgers, there’s no denying that our culture is obsessed with consuming protein. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that vegans and vegetarians are constantly questioned about going meat-free—despite the fact that neither diet by definition is low-protein. Read more…

And lastly, trainer and athlete Lauren Jacobsen shares some nutrition mistakes that you may be guilty about, on Fitness RX Women:

4 PROTEIN MISTAKES HINDERING MUSCLE BUILDING

You already know that you need protein in your diet to support your fitness goals. However, if you’re not paying attention to what and how much you’re eating, you could be hindering your ability to fully recover and maintain or build muscle. Keep reading to find out if you’re making these mistakes and learn how to resolve them. Read more…

In conclusion, you can build muscle with protein packed foods such as soy, beans, nuts, seeds, and some animal products, such as seafood, dairy and eggs. Furthermore, you can reduce the unhealthy effects of animal meat by buying those that are “grass-fed” or “organic”, avoiding processed ones, and preparing it by roasting, grilling, or slow-cooking instead of deep-frying. You will have to avoid takeout foods and packaged meals as much as possible, too.

Note that it’s possible to have too much. You can only have so much until your body gets sick of it, so make sure that you’re consuming it in moderation. Otherwise, your consumption won’t have an effect in your body, resulting in more unwanted fat storage.

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