Do you keep hearing a whole heap of people in the fitness industry harp on about the importance of including protein in the diet? There’s a good reason why. The needs for the amount of dietary fats, carbohydrates and protein can differ greatly from person to person depending on a number of factors including your; goals, body-type, gender, and activity level. A balanced level of macro nutrients helps to provide your body with adequate nutrition to reach optimum health, body composition and performance.
Whether you are trying to add muscle, lose weight or improve your health, the incorporation of protein in your diet is a very important factor to consider for the following reasons:
- Growth and maintenance of muscle tissue
- Improved immunity
- Increased feeling of fullness
- Increased metabolism
We should try and include lean protein in each meal, and ideally the majority of protein from our diet would be from wholefood sources such as the following:
- Meat; chicken, beef, lamb, fish etc
- Plant sources such as beans, peas, & lentils
In saying that, sometimes this is not always possible, due to convenience, appeal or access. I love having oats for breakfast, whether it be bircher meusli in summer or porridge in winter, but the amount of protein in these concoctions isn’t sufficient to meet my needs, so my problem is, how do I add more? Recently I found a solution – protein powder! At first I wasn’t really convinced this would be the answer as all the protein powders I have come across are flavoured; double chocolate, exotic vanilla, peanut butter crunch, strawberries and cream, caramel honeycomb, and the list goes on. I like to keep my food as natural as possible, so this wasn’t an option. I did some research and came across the solution. Unflavoured Whey protein. I found it mixed really well with my breakfast without adding flavour or any other crap that my tummy doesn’t agree with.
So have a think about what you eat, and if you eat protein on a regular basis throughout the day, especially within the hours following a workout, and at night. These are vital times that protein is required to rebuild and restore the body. If you need a bit of guidance with nutrition advice, we have Emma Spiller doing nutrition coaching on Monday nights, or to get you on track with your eating habits and workouts, try booking in with a trainer for an assessment to see how we can help by educating you on the right foods to eat, and by keeping you accountable so that you can get the best out of your membership.
About the Author
Kim is a Personal Trainer at NAFC whose areas of expertise & interest include; strength training, (with an emphasis on the lower body and Glutes), core, Kettlebell, running, & triathlon training.