Proteins are the body’s building blocks. They’re essential for muscle repair and growth, but also take care of your hair, skin, nails and other tissues. So, it’s important to make sure you get enough of them, especially when maintaining an active lifestyle.
Why do I need protein when I work out?
Exercising causes damage to the muscle tissue. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just as long as you provide your body with the right nutrition to help your muscles recover faster and become stronger. Protein does exactly that. Or, more precisely, it’s the protein’s amino acids that are key to aiding muscle recovery (amino acids being the basic component of protein). That’s pretty much all we can tell you without this turning into a lecture on molecular biology. But some of you may find it interesting to know that there are 20 different types of amino acid – some of which our body can make on its own, while others must be obtained from food. The latter are called essential amino acids and you’ll find them in all our FITSHE protein products – shakes and bars.
How much protein do I need?
The recommended daily intake of protein is between 0.8 to 1 grams protein per kilogram of body weight per day – which to most people is a challenge in itself. Those who exercise regularly require a little more than this. How much more depends on the intensity level of your workouts – but a good rule of thumb for those with an active lifestyle is to aim for 1.2 – 1.5 grams of protein per kilo of body weight. The average man will require around 20 grams of protein after exercise. As women have less muscle mass, their recommended protein intake is around 18 grams.
Do protein products benefit all types of exercise?
Yes, protein helps to rebuild your muscles after whatever kind of workout you put them through. Because when you challenge your body to perform at the gym, on your run or in your yoga class you need extra protein to repair and preserve muscle tissue.
Will protein products affect my body shape?
Not directly, as this depends on the type of training you do. But protein can make a difference indirectly, as it helps to rebuild your muscles after exercise. Muscles ask our metabolic system to work harder as they require more energy than fat. The more muscle we build, the more calories we burn, which will ultimately lead to a fitter body shape.