Before we get started..
What is the most random thing you’ve tried (or heard of) to lose weight?
Let me know in the comments section below, we can discuss the pros and cons of some of these strategies, then let’s get this protein business sorted. 👇🏽👇🏽
Did you know that your muscles are made of protein?
Yup! Muscles, tissues, hormones, organs… all of the cells in our bodies are made up of protein.
Protein is practically in charge of the entire metabolism process, and essential for managing the structure, function, and regulation of the cells that make up our tissues and organs.
The protein found in your food fuels these processes, so it’s important to consume foods high in protein every day, and during every meal.
The best food sources of protein:
Grass Fed Beef
Oatmeal (Rolled Oats or Steel Cut Oats)
I get the most questions when it comes to protein powders, so let me help you ladies out a bit.
Using a protein power won’t make you gain weight, or make you look like a body builder.
Trust me, you have to try really really hard to pull that off.
Neither would lifting weights (we’ll save this for a later post..).
The real advantage to consuming adequate amounts of protein is that it supports lean muscle growth… and the more lean muscle you have.. well then you reap the benefits of a faster metabolism. i.e burning more calories - weight loss, less body fat, body begins to burn stored (excess) fat, leaner more toned physical appearance.
FACT: Your body really DOES burn more calories maintaining muscle than it does maintaining fat.
FACT: This means that YES, the more muscle you build, the more calories your body will naturally burn each day on its own.
FACT: Which means that building muscle DOES increase your metabolism. (source)
“The science behind weight loss and weight gain is simple:
Any extra calories you consume that are not broken down by the body & used as energy will be stored as fat.”
Don’t worry, unless you’re eating a whole chicken at every meal, on the daily, you’re probably not taking “too much protein”.
We support each of our clients with a personalized meal plan based on your specific caloric needs vs. expenditure and your long term body goals. You focus on the nutrition (70%) and stick with our training 3x per week where we take care of the rest!
For effective and sustainable weight loss at any age, supplementing with protein will prove real results.
Best time to use Protein.
Breakfast : A Protein Rich Meal in the morning will fill you up. Leaving you feeling fuller, longer. Protein burns slower than carbs, you will feel less hungry during the day .
Post Workout : Having protein shake immediately after a workout is honestly the best time. During exercise, muscle is actually working really hard and, a protein shake delivers the nutrients straight to the muscle to begin healing the "micro tears”. This helps the muscle grow stronger and helps you feel less sore after.
Before Bed : Most of us tend to get hungry late at night, and thats where we often break our healthy eating habits. Have a protein shake instead. Nighttime is when our body does most of its magic. Your body will quickly absorb this protein, helping to repair and grow muscle while you sleep.
NB. Solid food takes more time to digest and break down protein and send it to your muscles, hence, liquid protein shakes give you an advantage Post Workout for muscle recovery and at night (or pre workout) for quick digestion.