When it comes to getting
in shape, so many women tell me that they struggle to get the amount of protein
that they need each day.
First off, it’s important to note that protein is found in more foods than just meat and dairy. Many grains and vegetables contain protein, so you may be getting more than you realize. However, if you are tracking macros and still falling short, you might consider adding a protein powder. Many people ask if protein powder is really necessary, and although the short answer is no, there are some huge benefits.
For the Active Woman
If you are an active woman
training hard in the gym, you’ll need as much protein per pound as a man would
need. That equates to about .8 to 1 g of protein per pound of body
weight each day. Some athletes need
up to 1.5 grams per pound of body weight.
Increase Muscle Mass + Reduce Body Fat
When your workout goal is to increase muscle mass while reducing your body fat, whey protein is an excellent option. It is highly bioavailable, meaning it absorbs quickly into your system, delivering the amino acids to the muscles that you’ve trained.
Your body needs amino
acids both in your bloodstream and working muscles in order to grow. Also, taking in protein helps prevent
your body from breaking down muscle tissue.
Like whey protein, protein powder creates an advantage for burning body fat. Protein is biologically active, which helps increase your metabolic rate. The amino acids that a protein powder provides are necessary because our bodies don’t produce them naturally. Making these a part of your regular routine will help you grown lean muscle.
This lean muscle will raise
your metabolic rate every moment of every day even while sleeping. A higher metabolic rate means you burn
more calories throughout the day, helping you stay lean and fit.
Recovery + Growth
An ideal protein shake will
aid in both recovery and growth. Whey
protein allows you to train harder and more frequently. With the aminos provided, you can even boost your
immune function by reducing oxidative damage and inflammation. The amino acids, cysteine and methionine,
help your body maintain healthful glutathione. Glutathione is an antioxidant that helps
prevent cell damage from free radicals.
While there are many different forms of protein: rice, pea, casein, etc., whey protein continues to be the most popular due to ease of absorption and its complete amino profile which helps support muscle growth.