The Importance of Protein Supplementation

The Importance Of Protein

Are you thinking you don’t need supplements in general and protein powder in particular? The importance of protein cannot be overlooked. Shortchange your protein and you’ve just completely shortened your growth potential. Don’t you want to see how far you can push your body toward its maximum? For example, are you an ectomorph, which is someone who is born naturally thin and struggles to grow?  It’s a daily battle to grow simply because an ectomorph has a fast metabolism. It’s also a battle if you are lacking the nutritional sustenance needed in your dietary needs.

Maybe you work out to improve your strength gains, endurance or just want to improve your overall muscle structure. Still, the importance of protein consumption is vital for muscle growth. Many people simply consume less than the suggested amount of calories, carbs and of course protein from their meals and supplemental needs. Protein helps repair damage to muscles that can occur with serious bodybuilding. Protein mainly benefits by restoring muscle glycogen into muscle cells.

Difference Between Proteins

Here’s a quick breakdown when referencing the type of proteins to fit your needs. Knowing the types reflects the importance of protein in your daily diet.

Weight Gainers

Struggling gaining weight? Besides eating high calorie meals look into investing into a weight gainer.

A weight gainer will provide you with the carbs and calories your body needs to grow. Many weight gainers have creatine monohydrate, which is designed to help support strength and mass. There’s also glutamine for muscle recovery and protein of course for muscle growth.

Invest in a supplement that is of good quality not by the label or marketing of the product but the truth behind it which is well behind it, the nutritional facts. From calories, carbs to serving size don’t be fooled by gimmicks and over promises when it comes to protein supplements.

Meal Replacements (MRPs)

Let’s say you’re not worried about gaining weight at all. You just want a good protein source with some carbs. A MRP contains fast, medium and slow digesting proteins which means it will keep you feeling full longer. RTD versions are ready to drink protein premade. They’re a perfect choice if you’re an on-the-go type of person.

Remember, if you want to grow, you cannot underestimate the importance of protein. Whatever type of supplement you choose, make sure it has at least 20g of high quality protein.

When to Take Protein

The importance of protein is especially apparent when it comes to protein timing. One of the best times to benefit from protein intake is first thing in the morning. This helps you start your day off right. After sleeping six to eight hours your body is in a fasted state. Therefore, having a protein shake first thing in the morning will keep your body in  positive nitrogen balance. Also, your insulin levels won’t spike. Don’t forget a post-workout drink immediately after your workout. This will replenish your muscles with branched chained amino acids that are crucial for muscle building. And lastly have a healthy nightcap before bedtime. A casein protein works here because it’s a slower digesting protein designed to last in your system all night.

There you have it. Just simple facts on the importance of protein. Train hard and live well.

Meet The Author…

David Paez
Fitness Writer For

I am a Fitness Enthusiast that is currently pursuing my NASM Certification.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *