Sport Supplement- Protein

Sport Supplement

Protein Supplement

If you are amazed by photos of shredded body builders in muscle magazines, you probably believe protein bars, powders, and shakes are linked to increased muscle mass. This is far from the truth. The key to gaining muscle mass is lifting weights, not consuming excessive protein. Of course, athletes who want to build muscles require adequate protein. However, the required protein is easily consumed through normal foods, such as milk, eggs, meats, fish, beans, soy and nuts.

The safe and proper amount of protein recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine, American Dietetic Association and the Dieticians of Canada is 0.5 to 0.6 gm of protein per pound for endurance athletes and 0.7 to 0.8 gm of protein per pound for strength athletes. Therefore, a 200-pound body builder who requires 140 to 160 grams of protein per day can easily intake that amount by drinking a quart of milk (40 gm protein), eating a 6-oz. can of tuna (40 gm protein), and an 8-oz. chicken breast (65 gm protein). Taking added protein from sport supplements is not necessary, can be costly, and replaces the carbohydrates required to provide fuel for vigorous training.

Vegetarian athletes who don’t consume proper beans, tofu and other plant proteins could benefit from protein supplements. For these athletes, consuming a protein sport supplement is more beneficial than not taking enough protein.

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