For many of us gym users the importance of Protein may well be engrained in our diets. When we use the gym, or do any exercise where muscles are put under strain, we are essentially tearing them. This damage needs to be repaired as quickly as possible in order to recover and re-go; this is why Protein helps gym users reach their targets. Essentially they can workout harder, longer and recover quicker.
Great…… lets get the steaks in then!
The answer to Protein sources may seem simple; eat more meat. But research has shown that too much red meat simply isn’t good for us. It can have high fat contents and heighten the risk of cardio-vascular disease. So just where else can we get all this Protein from?
Grains and beans can be fantastic, low fat and high Protein option. Quinoa is a great choice, It can be bought prepared and makes an excellent supplement, add it to salads, use instead of rice and you will soon up your protein intake hugely. Quinoa is also a complete protein meaning it packs all nine essential amino acids into your body. Not bad for a seed!
Quark is a dairy product that can range in fat content. Think of a greek yoghurt but with 14.1 grams of Protein per 100 grams! It can be used in many versatile ways, to make protein packed salad dressings, sauces for meat and to accompany some of your five a day.
It is a well-known fact that fish is good for you for many reasons. It has essential fats and acids in it but can also be up to 20% protein. When buying fish always remember fresh is best, as it gets older nutritional content deteriorates.
Protein should be taken as quickly as possible following your gym session. Supplements represent an easy, convenient and high content option. Protein supplements can be anything upwards of 75% so they are a great way of cramming it in. Remember though, diet should be varied and fresh. Natural food derived protein is essential alongside this.
Meat is an obvious source of protein but you should really consider lean, low fat and well-sourced meat. Turkey can be as low as 2% fat and an excellent source of protein. Chicken can also be a great source of protein although usually higher in fat. The rule here is always check the label or ask the butcher!
As with most aspects of a successful diet and gym plan, it needs to be tailored, and work for you. Your diet needs to be functional and interesting. For further help with diet why not speak to one of our PT’s or a nutritionalist. What’s your favourite gym food? Leave a comment below to share your personal successes!
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