Most people when they want to increase their muscle mass head for the protein supplement shelves. After countless workouts and an entire can of whey protein they realize that simply consuming these supplements does nothing for their physique. The protein supplement is one of the most widely-misunderstood products on the market, and something that people often misuse.
In this article we will break down some of the most common-held misconceptions regarding these products and attempt to explain how to use them properly.
Protein supplements are necessary to build muscle after working out
While protein supplements do indeed provide a great deal of protein, the amount needed after working out is not as much as you think. The average in-shape male needs about 90 grams of protein per day, which is equivalent to roughly one cup of milk with breakfast, a can of tuna with lunch, and a small steak for dinner. We all know we eat a little more than that. Vegetarians can easily achieve these numbers as well with three well-balanced meals.
Lot’s of protein is good for you
It is widely understood that the more protein that one eats the better. However, science has distinctly disproven this, and has often argued the opposite. It is true that protein is very important in a person’s diet, but as shown previously, most people get enough just by eating normally.
Excess protein has in fact been linked with diseases such as kidney failure and osteoporosis which can be triggered by the body trying to rid itself of the excess protein.
Eating large amounts of protein keeps you lean
Protein itself has not been shown to keep a person lean. Rather, it is the activities that he or she engages in that help keep off the fat. On the other hand, protein shakes are often bundled with carbohydrates that are meant to give you a boost in energy during or after a workout, which can lead to fat gain.
For the vast majority of us, the types of workouts that we engage in will not be sufficient to burn off the calories ingested from these supplements.
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