Eat 0.8 g of protein for every 1 kg (2.2 lbs.) of body weight. This means that a 200 lb person would need approximately 72 g of protein a day. This is what the Institute of Medicine recommends for a healthy adult. These are subsistence levels for sedentary individuals. If you exercise at all, the minimum should be 0.8 g per pound of body weight. So, a 200 lb. human should have 160 g of protein daily, more that twice as much as sedentary individuals.
Eat 15% of daily calories from protein. Protein provides 4 calories per gram. So for a 2,000 calorie diet, you would eat 75 g of protein daily. Again, this is for sedentary individuals and is a minimum amount needed to support life. Active persons should have at least twice that, or 30%.
Increase daily calories of protein up to 40% (with fat at 30%, carbs at 30%). The extra protein calories should replace refined carbohydrates (eliminate high fructose corn syrup and processed grains). For a healthy adult, this increase should not negatively affect the kidneys if you drink 12 (8 oz.) glasses of water daily. By increasing the amount of calories from protein, you will achieve the heart healthy affects of the protein, achieve fat loss and increase lean body mass.
Add whey protein powder to your diet if you are using protein powder to aid in post-workout recovery. It is made from milk and very effective at delivering nutrients in soluble form throughout the body. It is also better than milk protein alone at synthesizing new muscle protein. Whey protein is extremely soluble and absorbed easily by the body. It will absorb quickly as well, which makes it good for post workout. Also, due to its ability to act as carrier for other nutrients, whey protein is a good supplement to take with meals. Whey can cause gas and bloating in lactose intolerant individuals. It comes in 3 levels of filtration which decreases these gastrointestinal side effects filtration with more filtration (Whey Protein, Whey Protein Isolate, and Advanced Whey Protein Isolate). The higher the level of filtration, the more expensive the product. It can be found at most health food stores and is reasonably priced
Soy protein: This supplement is not the best choice for men. Soy protein has also been shown to stimulate new muscle synthesis and be effective in post workout recovery, however it can raise estrogen levels and decrease the ability of the hormone lipase to break down
Understanding Quality in Protein Powders
The market contains many protein powders of varying qualities. It can be hard to understand which protein has the highest amount of bioavailable protein or which blend is the right for you. Here are some tips to help you along.
Beyond the basics
Know the difference between isolate and concentrate.
Concentrate contains between 30% and 85% protein. It is cheaper and easier to find.
Isolate contains more than 90% protein and is more expensive.
When purchasing protein powder, be sure to check the label for the percentage of protein to be sure you are getting the best powder for your money.
Whey protein concentrate can be a good source of whey protein, but often contains more fat and lactose than whey protein isolate. Ion exchange isolate starts out as concentrate, but then ends up as an isolate after a machine process. This process will help you get more protein per serving, but through this process some of the important peptides in whey are taking away.
These little pieces can be used for a healthy immune system. So ion exchange whey protein will deliver more protein, but does have less of some of the important components of the whey protein.
Because of this, I prefer regular whey isolate over ion exchange, but the difference between the two is very minimal. Hydrolyzed protein is in my opinion the best. It is already broken down which means it will be digested very fast. This would make it a favorite for post workout.
Here's What You Do
Multiply the grams of protein by 4 to find the total calories coming from protein.
Divide the number you got in part 1 by the total number of calories.
Example - The amount of protein is 23g in 1 serving, and each serving has 110 calories.
23g x 4 = 92 calories from protein 92 / 110 = .836
.836 x 100 = 83.6% protein post-workout.
For losing fat, you are going to want the purest protein, with as little added fat and carbs as possible. For this, a whey protein isolate would be a great choice. Soy protein isolate is also a good option.
Also, when losing fat, MRPs are your best friend. They provide protein, as well as carbs for energy, and are low calorie meals. You want to stay away from weight gainers, as your goal is not to gain weight (duh).
Each Serving Contains ruff idea of what to look for:
Calories from Fat 18
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Potassium 150mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
Proteins 26g 52%
Hope this helps you with deciding if you have chosen the correct protein powder that is going to help you reach your fitness goal.
Have a look at the nutritional information and see!!
This is the one I take as it tastes good, low in sugar
WPI – Horleys Ripped- ultra lean muscle mass builder with a metabolic boosters .
I would take a shake in the morning as breakfast
Mix berries 100g, 30g of oats blend all together to make a nutritional shake to get you ready for the day.
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