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|Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:59 am Post subject: January 28 2008 - Are you getting enough protein?
|Protein, made up of amino acids, is the main source of nutrition for the muscles. It is used by our muscles for repair and strengthening and growth. Once the body receives its protein requirement, excess amino acids are treated like any excess calories and can be stored as fat.
When working out regularly, it is very important to make sure that we get enough protein in our daily diet so the muscles can repair and get stronger and to keep our metabolic rate high, which in turn helps us reach and maintain our desired weight.
The formula in which you can best calculate how much protein you should be getting is the following:
For an adult (male or female) you should ingest .5 grams of protein per pound of body weight in order to maintain and support your training program. In practical terms, an active female that weighs 140 lbs would require 70 grams of protein per day. An active male who weighs 180 lbs would require 90 grams of protein per day. Try to get some protein in each of your main meals. A proteins shake supplement is also recommended if you are not getting enough protein in your meals.
This week’s challenge:
Keep track of your protein intake and see if you’re getting enough.