Confused about protein? Our latest myth buster cuts through the bullsh*t
Protein. It’s kind of a big deal in the fitness world, with advocates in gyms all over the world putting it on a pedestal as the holy grail of muscle building. The problem is, with every solid bit of advice out there comes at least three bits of junk, you know; ‘you shouldn’t eat after 6pm’, ‘you’ll pee out most of your protein’, that sort of thing. So when it comes to women’s protein, how do you separate the good from the bad? And how, exactly, do you figure what’s just plain nonsense?
Don’t worry, we’re here to help, here’s our debunking of the 5 biggest myths around women’s protein…
High Protein Diets Help You Burn Fat
If you burn more calories than you consume you’ll lose weight, if you consume more calories than you burn you’ll increase weight, it’s as simple as that. It doesn’t really matter if you have a high protein diet, low fat diet, vegan only foods or just eat Crab Sticks all day, every day; consuming more calories builds weight and consuming less calories loses weight.
Protein can help keep you fuller for longer as part of a balanced diet, simply because it’s usually less calories per gram than fats or carbohydrates, which can help you stick to a deficit, but it’s not the be all and end all of fat burning.
Protein Is Only For Muscles
Protein contributes to muscle tissue repair and growth, there’s no denying that. But that’s not all it does.
Protein is made of amino acids which form an important part of bone, joint and tendon health, which means it will also help your mobility and improve your overall health. It also helps support a healthy immune system and regulate your blood sugars, all pretty important parts of a healthy body too.
Protein Only Comes From Meat
If you’re looking to reach your daily protein goals you’ll need to eat meat, meat and more meat, right? Absolutely not! It’s 2020, protein sources have moved on and methods of deriving protein from foods have developed to a point where, no matter what type of diet you follow, you’ll easily be able to pack some major protein levels.
Sure, meat and fish does provide high levels of protein, but you can also get it through eggs, milk, cheese and yogurt. If you’re vegan or vegetarian you can also turn to pea or soya for your daily protein, so there really is no excuse. (Check out our vegan protein powder if you’re still not convinced!)
Eating Too Much Protein Is Bad For Your Kidneys
You’ll only have issues consuming too much protein if you have underlying kidney problems. If you don’t you have absolutely nothing to worry about and, frankly, you’ll really struggle to consume too much protein!
Kidneys are exceptionally good at processing protein and getting rid of excess nitrogen, so there’s no need to worry.
You NEED Protein Supplements
OK, this may seem a little odd because here at Bootygoals we specialise in Women’s Protein Supplements, but, we’ve got to level with you, you don’t need supplements! Yeah, you did hear us right, protein supplements aren’t an absolute must.
It’s always best to get your protein from raw, natural sources such as meat, fish and dairy, but if you’re struggling, or you need some convenience; protein supplements are a great option.
Breakfast shakes, all in one whey protein powders and ultra lean diet proteins shouldn’t be the crux of your protein intake, but they can be super helpful when you’re working towards a specific goal.
The Wrap Up
We hope we’ve dispelled a few of the myths that are out there surrounding protein and left you a little bit clearer on what’s true and what’s not. If you’ve enjoyed reading this, you’ll love our guide to the Best Protein Sources For Women too, it’s a pretty comprehensive guide with protein per gram breakdowns.
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