Episode 012: Protein: What, Why, How Much
Do you think a peanut butter toast in the morning is enough to get you through the day? The truth is, the peanut butter itself is not a complete protein. And it also just doesn’t have a lot of protein. When you compare that to your daily protein requirement, you might only get six or eight grams in there. So what are the best protein sources out there? And how much protein do you actually need to begin with?
The food and supplement industry is grabbing hold of the benefits of protein, and then they’re just blowing them way out of proportion. Even manufacturers of nuts, cereals, and breads are all claiming to be high in protein that can fuel your body. First off, protein is not a fuel source, well at least, not a primary fuel source.
There is a LOT of misinformation about protein that’s circulating in the fitness and nutrition space today. And so, we’re going to be busting a lot of myths around protein. Let’s tackle what protein really is, its benefits, its timing and spacing in terms of pre and post-workout meals, and the best protein food sources and supplements.
At the end of the day, you need to understand the role of protein in rebuilding muscles and how protein synthesis works to help you recover, and understand which sources are most absorptive and most bioavailable so you can get the most of what you’re eating during the day.
In this episode, you will hear:
- The definition of a complete protein
- Clarifying the claims of protein being fuel
- Why do you need protein?
- The best sources of protein
- Understanding BCAAs
- The best protein powder or bar supplement
- How much protein do you need?
- The anabolic window theory
- How to boost protein synthesis and slow down the breakdown
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