Misconceptions about Protein

Wednesday, October 05, 2016 • Denton, TX 76208
I saw a video on Men's Health the other day titled "6 Protein Myths:". After watching it I felt like it lacked depth and by not addressing some of the information I was doing a disservice to all who followed that page. The following is my observation. Misconception #1:"Protein Builds Muscle" The first myth is kind of common sense. Contrary to popular belief protein doesn't build muscle. Protein is what your muscle is made of. The advice it gives is that you need cardio and resistance training (that's pretty obvious, you can't gain muscle without muscle breakdown occurring first) but you need more weights than cardio. Cardio comes from the Greek word "Kardio" which means "Heart" your heart is a muscle but it has no relation to the skeletal muscles you see on the outside. In order for you to build muscle you literally have to tear your muscle fibers apart. This is called "Working out". It's the reason your sore afterward. In order for muscle to build your body needs to go through "protein synthesis" this happens when your body utilizes protein to repair the tissue damage. Misconception #2: "Protein is not created equal". This is true for the most part. Protein from meats and animal products contain all essential amino acids. Plant proteins do not. However, most plant based protein you pick up from a store will add the other essential aminos to it to make it a complete protein. If your eating a plant based diet it's recommendable you supplement with BCAA's. These BCAA's will help you acquire all essential amino acids necessary for protein synthesis. It's also worth mentioning that if you don't receive all essential aminos in 3-4 hours your body disposes of them and they will not be used for protein synthesis. Misconception #3: "The more protein the better".The video States you shouldn't eat more than 30g per meal. Yes it is recommended to eat no more than 30g of protein per meal, but this hasn't been proven. There are those that say your body will utilize protein even if you eat more at once. There hasn't been a proven absorption rate rate of protein. Misconception #4: "Eat protein right after your workout". The video says "eating enough protein with your meals should be enough for muscle maintenance" this is false. There is no such thing as "muscle maintenance" your either in a catabolic or anabolic state. (Burning or repairing). You have a 30 minute nutrient timing window to get protein and aminos in your body. Before your body can build muscle it needs to replenish what it's lost. Eating a liquid based protein asap will help your muscle replenish and then eating a meal about an hour after that will give it energy to build. However, eating enough protein in your meals WILL prevent your body from EATING ITSELF so in a sense you could consider that maintenance..... Misconception #5: "Your probably tired because you haven't had enough protein." This is obviously false. Lack of sleep and dehydration are the probable causes when it comes to working out. I agree with the video on this one. You'd only be tired from protein if you had zero that day. Your body, in order to survive, needs about 23g a day. If it doesn't it will minimize damage to your body by shutting you down via sleep. Misconception #6: "Protein keeps your weight down." This is false. If your eating all the right things to build muscle but your not working out, those macros will not be utilized. The protein as well as an increased caloric intake with minimal exercise with result in weight gain. It's simple math. More intake less output will create a surplus Follow me on instagram: byron_james_fitness_ For more tips head to: https://www.facebook.com/ByronJamesFitness More articles will be posted daily! Please don't forget to check out: https://www.ideafit.com/profile/gregory-lomason Cert verification here: https://www.nfpt.com/trainers/profile?id=greglomason