Protein is something that we all hear about in popular culture and the world of fitness, but what exactly is it?
What is protein?
Protein is a very important macronutrient for our cells, especially our muscles! Protein is made of up a variety of smaller structures known as amino acids and serves as the building block of muscle. Whenever we work out, we break down our muscles and essentially lose protein. In order for our muscles to repair, we need to replenish our protein.
How much protein do you need?
The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight. However, this amount varies depending on your lifestyle and activity level. For example, a bodybuilder or football player will need more protein than a golfer to replenish and repair their muscles.
How Do I get Protein In?
There are many sources of protein, from meats to plants. Animal proteins are typically regarded as higher quality and known as “complete proteins” because of their cellular structure and amino acid content. However, plants can also be a quality source of protein, with soy often regarded as the most complete plant protein.
After your next tough workout, make sure to replenish with some protein to allow for proper recovery!