Protein supplements have taken an important place in the food industry over the past 10 to 15 years. There is a myth about its necessity to build and maintain muscle mass! They are therefore everywhere in the training centers!
Let’s not forget the carbohydrates
Yes, we need proteins to repair and build our muscles, but they work in complementarity with the carbohydrates that are responsible for nourishing muscle growth. So it’s not just about proteins!
How do I know if I need it?
It depends on the needs of your body and your reality! Do you meet your needs through your daily intake? Is your diet varied? Do you include good sources of protein such as meat, fish, tofu, tempeh, eggs, milk, cheese and legumes?
We only need about 1g of protein per kg of body weight to meet our needs. Some people with a high level of stress and/or a specific medical condition may have higher protein requirements. Here is a list of the protein content of some common foods :
Watch out for your kidneys!
The body does not store excess protein, so it must be eliminated as urea by the kidneys. When the kidneys are forced to filter a lot of urea, it causes damage in the medium and long term. This damage is often irreversible.
If your protein needs are not met, supplementation is a good option to facilitate and/or simplify your intake. You can add your favorite protein powder to a smoothie or sauce for example. If you want to see the video of my segment on the subject, just click here!