The importance of good quality protein in the diet for personal training
Achieving the body you want is 80% down to diet and 20% down to exercise. Bottom line, nutrition and personal training go hand in hand. If you’re serious about transforming your body through personal training then eating right is essential. This is where protein really packs a punch; it’s the answer whether you’re after weight loss, stripping fat or building up muscle.
What’s so great about protein?
Our bodies are 20% made up of protein; it’s a key component of every single cell. Our bodies use protein to build and repair tissues. It’s also needed for enzymes, hormones, bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. Bottom line, we can’t do without it.
It can be hard to consume enough protein as it’s a ‘macronutrient’ meaning we need it in quantity. Unlike fat and carbs, our bodies can’t store protein – so we need to make sure we take enough on board for our needs every day.
However, although protein is arguably the most important macronutrient needed to achieve a major transformation in your body, it’s the number one macronutrient most people don’t eat enough of; most people’s diets are heavily on carbs, with very little in the way of protein.
Shed fat easily
Upping your protein intake can have a major effect on your physique. When you want to get leaner, the goal isn’t just ‘weight loss’– it’s fat loss. You lose fat rather than muscle on a high-protein diet. This is because when we eat lots of protein but very little carbohydrate, our metabolisms shift into a state called ‘ketotis’ in which the body shifts from burning carbs for energy to burning its own fat. Additionally, clinical studies consistently show that protein rich diets increase satiety meaning people want to eat less. Result!
Serious workouts need more protein
Clearly if you’re working towards a transformation in physique you’ll be putting in extra hours at the gym. When you’re training hard your body’s muscles demand more protein. Bottom line, if your body doesn’t get enough protein, it will lose muscle, which is the last thing you want.
Spreading your protein intake throughout the day, instead of skewing it to dinner only (like the typical diet detailed at the beginning of this article) will increase daily protein synthesis rates by up to 30%
How to up your protein intake
Try to make sure you include protein at every meal. This is great news for meat lovers who can enjoy steaks and barbeques with impunity. For optimum nutrition you should also try to include plenty of fish, poultry, beans and nuts in your diet. There are lots of excellent protein powders on the market too, which can provide a quick and convenient way to boost your protein intake.
But make sure it’s the good sort…
The key is to get more protein from high quality food sources like lean meats or plant protein rather than the high fat, processed variety. Processed meats have been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer. So it’s not just about how much protein you consume, the type of protein matters too. Look at what personal trainers eat for inspiration.
So overall, a high-protein diet is the perfect complement to your personal training regime. Eating right will help you achieve your goal of a ripped, lean, muscle-bound physique. And not only that, it can help provide many other health benefits too. What’s not to like?