Protein is a key essential element for muscle growth and recovery. It is made up of eight essential amino acids and fourteen non-essential amino acids. These amino acids are what make our muscles grow.
Although most of us have protein in our diet, the question remains: are you getting enough protein in your daily diet to sustain muscle growth? You can do all these exercises and more and not get a round butt if you do not get adequate protein.
I recommend eating close to or more than your body weight in grams of protein. If, for example, you weigh 160 pounds, try to eat 160 grams of protein per day.
A protein shake between meals will make it easier to attain the protein amount you may require. Below are the three main types of protein and when you should take each for optimal muscle growth.
A derivative of milk, this is the most commonly used protein and is used pre and post workout due to its fast absorption. This is also a great protein to take between meals and is probably the least expensive of all types. If you are lactose intolerant, whey protein isolate has had almost all of its lactose removed and may be a better option.
This is a slow release protein, meaning the protein content is slowly released into your body over several hours. This property makes it an excellent protein to take before bed and keeps you anabolic throughout the night. During this time, your body will absorb and utilize these proteins while you sleep.
There are blended protein powder mixes that combine both whey protein and casein protein for the benefit of having both slow and fast-release protein in your body.
There are still other specific types of protein products sold on the market such as egg protein, soy protein, pea protein, rice protein, hemp protein and other plant protein mixes for vegetarians and vegans.
Do a search on the Internet and you will see a vast selection of different brands and flavors. The important thing to remember is that if you are not getting enough protein in your diet, supplementing with a protein powder mix at various times throughout the day will help you get the right amount of protein needed to build muscle.
Not all protein powder is pleasant to drink. So shop around for one that is right for your taste buds; after all, you will be drinking it every day.