Posted by :Clare LouisePosted date : December 15, 2018In HealthComments Off on Protein Powder FAQ
What is protein?
Proteins are composed of 22 known amino acids (the building blocks of the body). More than 50% of the dry weight of animals is comprised of protein. Muscles are made up of mostly proteins, in turn protein is used to build and repair cells. If the body does not absorb it, protein can be converted into energy at the rate of four calories per gram of protein.
Are there any side effects?
By taking in more protein than your body can use, you are taking the chance of some of the resulting calories being stored as fat.
How much should I take?
A safe bet is 1 gram per pound (.45 kg) of LEAN BODY MASS, if you do not know what your lean body mass is get it tested at your gym. It will be a couple of percent off but it will give you a basic idea of where you are currently. DO NOT go by one of those cheesy-ass online fat calculators, there is no way they could come within 15% of your actual body fat. There are studies that show that 1 gram per pound of body weight is excessive but when it comes to protein it is better to have too much than too little.
What is the best protein?
A blend of proteins is definitely the way to go. A blend of proteins allows more protein to be absorbed due to the variation in densities (they are digested at different rates). Most meal replacements and some protein powders are blends i.e. ProPeptide and ProBlend.
What should I expect?
A gradual increase in lean muscle mass. There is no “protein pump” so if you are feeling one it is psychological. Proteins main function is to repair cells and build new ones, it can’t get you jacked. Without a sufficient amount of protein in your diet you will NOT put on ANY lean muscle mass.
When do I take protein?
For an average metabolism one should consume protein every three hours. Within 45 minutes after a training session, (aerobic or anaerobic), a liberal amount of protein should be consumed, followed by another generous helping 60-90 minutes later. If an adequate amount of protein cannot be consumed through regular food, it is crucial that it is supplemented.
Should I cycle protein?
Proteins are NOT anabolic steroids! You do not have receptor sites that could adapt to one of the three essential, nutritional components of the human diet! If you still think you need to cycle your protein you need to have someone re-read this to you and listen this time.
Use with anabolic steroids:
A 50% increase should be adequate; protein utilization is increased with anabolic steroids.
Use with insulin:
Consume a liberal amount of protein about 30 minutes after insulin injection and a small serving every hour for the next 3-4 hours. Insulin is responsible for carrying nutrients to the muscle.
Use with HGH:
Increase protein intake by 75-100%, HGH allows the body to synthesize a great deal more protein than it normally would.
Use with T3 or T4:
With the use of T-4 increase protein consumption by 25-35%, with T-3 increase protein intake 75-100%, this will compensate for the accelerated protein metabolism, thereby limiting the loss of muscle.