Hi Guys so I quite often get asked these questions about protein so I thought I would just put together a little FAQ section on it. We will add to this as we get more questions ?
Red Frog Fitness Protein FAQ
What is Protein?
Protein is an essential macronutrient in the food we eat and forms a high percentage of what our body is made up of. Next to water there is more protein in your body than any thing else.
Protein is essential a long chain amino acid, and there are 22 of these that our body requires. They are broken up into two types, essential and non-essential amino acids.
8 of these amino acids are essential and these are the ones the body can not form naturally and must sourced from the food we eat. The other 14 our body can create on its own however are unable to form properly without the addition of the essential amino acids!
What does Protein do?
Protein is required in the body for the growth, maintenance and production of cells and also is a major component of all muscles, tissues and organs and is vital for practically every process that occurs within the body such as metabolism, digestion and the transportation of nutrients and oxygen in the blood.
It is also necessary for the production of antibodies, which fight against infection and illness, and is the main nutrient that keeps our hair shiny and healthy, our nails strong, our skin fresh and glowing and our bones strong and healthy.
What foods contain Protein?
The best sources of complete protein are found in animal foods such as meat, fish, shellfish, poultry and dairy produce.
Eggs are the best source of protein as they contain the highest amount of essential amino acids. Fish is the next best source and is then followed by meat, milk, cereal eaten with pulses, soya beans, oatmeal, rice, peas, lentils, kidney beans and then whole meal bread.
Try to consume a variety of protein-rich foods, including pulses, fish, vegetables, shellfish and lean meat, rather than just red meat or only dairy products, as some foods that contain high amounts of protein also contain high levels of saturated fat, which is extremely bad for the body.
What are the benefits of protein for weight loss?
Protein benefits weight loss because it helps increase your metabolism. This is through providing the body with essential macro nutrient in needs to repair and build muscle and assist with cellular function!
As a bonus protein increases satiety, so for people looking to lose weight, it helps them feel fuller for longer after a meal. This also has the added strategic benefit of adding a little bit of protein to every meal and snack so that over eating and picking is minimised, especially for those that have trouble with portion size control!
How much Protein should I have a day?
You body depending on what your trying to achieve needs 1- 1.5grams of protein per kilo of body weight per day. Therefore if you weigh 60kgs you should be consuming between 60 and 90grams per protein per day.
If you are a Body builder or athlete you will require more towards 1.5 – 2 grams of protein per kilo of body weight!
Regardless if you are male or female protein is essential.
If your female it also will not make you look like a man, instead it will help you cut down on excess body fat and help you look take on that nice lean sexy figure that you desire!
Do Protein powders work?
Yes. Protein powders are a great way to boost your protein levels if you are struggling to get all of your protein from your daily nutrition.
What is the best time to consume protein around exercise?
There is evidence that a natural window opens up post workout within 30minutes of completion of your session for maximum results. This can be done through food or supplementation however liquid forms are absorbed faster.
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