Protein: Men only?
So when you go to the gym, you often see a load of men adding protein into their drinks before/after a workout. You rarely see women doing the same thing.
I think a big misconception about protein is that it is going to make you big and bulky so maybe this is why a lot of women choose not to have much of it.
So what does protein actually do?
Well, protein is used for things like your hair and nails but it is actually important in every cell in your body. More specific to exercise, it is used for soft tissue repair, increases muscle growth and increases the effect of exercise.
You will see a lot of men having protein due to the fact it does aid in muscle growth. This doesn’t mean that if you start adding protein into your drinks or having ‘protein shakes’ that you’re going to end up looking like Popeye!
Adding extra protein to your diet will actually provide you with many benefits, regardless of your gender! Some of the most common benefits include:
- Better recovery from exercise
- Keeps you fuller for longer
- Helps build muscle
- Keeps insulin and blood sugar level steady
- Keeps your immune system function healthy
What contains protein?
So protein doesn’t only come in powder form… you can find protein in every single meat product. You don’t however store massive amounts of protein in your body. This is why people tend to have their protein shakes after a workout rather than eating 3 steaks and half a chicken over the weekend!
So overall, protein is not only for men! It can help you feel better and function better too!