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The Complete Guide to Protein


Complete Protein Guide

Brain cells, muscle, skin, hair and nails are just some of the body parts that are protein-based. Estimates suggest that about half of the human body’s dry weight is made up of protein. Many of the foods we eat contain protein, particularly flesh foods (chicken, beef, lamb and fish) and legumes like beans and lentils. These proteins are digested to release amino acids. In the body the amino acids are used to make new proteins, converted into hormones such as adrenalin or used as an energy source.

The biggest confusion in regards to protein in the world today is the misunderstanding of actual protein amounts included in foods. People often assume that when they eat a 100g steak that they are actually getting 100 grams of protein. In reality a 100 grams of Beef Steak depending on how lean the cut of the meat is will only provide 15 to 22 grams of protein and this is the same in regards to all foods. 100g of Pork = 10 to 18 grams of protein, 100g of Chicken = 15 to 16 grams of protein and 100g of fish has an average of 13 grams of protein.

Now when looking at your protein requirements per day being that an average person partaking in physical activity would require at least 1g of protein per kg of bodyweight per day. Work out this formula for yourself as a test with you current weight to see just how much protein you should be consuming per day for optimum health, performance and to reach your nutritional goals. Once you have worked out this total amount: 1g x “Your Weight” = divide it by the amount of meals you have a day? Then you should see immediately that in almost every case people are simply not consuming an adequate amount of protein in relation to their daily needs and hence the reason why protein supplements are essential to the general health conscious and people partaking in physical activity.

To find out exactly how much protein you need, please take a look at our REQUIREMENTS section.

Whether you're new to working out or are a seasoned pro, a quality protein powder is a necessity! Simply put, protein is the single most important thing you must consume daily to build new muscle tissue. Muscle wouldn't exist without it! While you can get your protein from food sources - and it's recommended that you do - protein powder is a great addition to ensure you get enough on a daily basis. Not to mention protein supplements are convenient and fast absorbing for before and after your workouts, so you can really take your results to the next level. Protein supplements also act as the perfect solution for when you get busy and need to get your protein in right away.

In the past two decades, protein supplements have not only become much safer and more convenient; through new advanced ways of filtration and also where they originate from. They have further enhanced the quality also making them quite a bit tastier too. High protein foods and supplements have infiltrated the Internet, the store shelves, and the daily regimens of athletes and people partaking in physical activity – and for good reason. Research shows that eating protein not only helps build and sustain lean muscle, in some cases it also burns fat.

Like a new training program, scheduling-in protein into ones nutrition eating plan can be a little awkward and overwhelming in the beginning. But, stay with it and you’ll be an expert before you know it. You’ll start to notice some serious performance, recovery, and appearance improvements in just a few short weeks too.

Protein Explained

Protein is one of the three major, or macro, nutrients. Unlike carbohydrates and fats (the other two types of macronutrents), proteins are comprised of nitrogen-containing groups called amino acids. There are about 20 different types of amino acids commonly found in foods. All of them are important for building and maintaining muscle, but 8 are vital. These are what are known as the Essential Amino Acids (EAAs). Contrary to what most athletes believe, there is no actual requirement for protein; the body simply has a requirement for the eight essentials.

Protein serves as a source of energy for the body and to make up various structural components of the body (such as muscle, bones, fingernails, hair and skin). Protein also has important functional roles in the body - the body uses the protein from foods to create the multitude of protein required in the body. Some of the actions of protein in the body are: to activate enzymes, move skeletal muscles, transportation of various important substance through cell membranes, activate communication of various hormones, provide blood clotting, as well as the regulation of fluid balance and pH.

The EAAs cannot be synthesized in any of your tissues (produced by our bodies), so they must be obtained through high protein foods. Lean meats, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, nuts, and soybeans are some examples of good food sources of protein. Protein Supplements such as powdered whey, casein and pure amino acid formulas offer the same amino acids as whole food sources in more concentrated doses – with lower levels of calories, fat, carbs, cholesterol, and other non-protein ingredients.

The various different types of proteins are more so various delivery systems that deliver these aminos to the body at different times (absorption rates). Different absorption rates are required due to different physical activities people partake in and also because of the different times of day people take supplements – an example of this would be an endurance athlete needing a very fast absorbing protein directly after training, while also needing a slow digesting protein at night before bed. If you would like more info on which protein supplement would be right for you and your needs – please have a look at the COMPARE PROTEIN FORMULAS section where we breakdown each of our formulas for you to make them easier to compare.

Proteins contain 16.8 kilojoules (4 Calories) per gram as opposed to lipids (fats) which contain 37.8 kilojoules (9 Calories) and alcohols which contain 29.4 kilojoules (7 Calories). Note that 1 Calorie = 1 kilocalorie = 4.184 kilojoules. These numbers are averages, as each protein is slightly different (range roughly 3.5-4.5).

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