Protein: Men Only?

By: Steffie Handley

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.

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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

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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! 

Steffie Handley

Steffie Handley

I graduated from University of central Lancashire with a social worker based degree, (Care, Community and Citizenship). I knew I wanted to help people but was unsure of which path to take, I found myself lost, I finished university and still not a clue what to do. During my time at university I no longer found time for physical activity, my love for food grew and my weight slowly crept up. I knew something had to change as I felt friends were moving on around me and I was stationary. This was the kickstart I needed to go on my fitness journey which has seen me shed over eight stone in weight, complete my first marathon in Geneva raising money for UNICEF, qualify as an Advanced Personal Trainer and Nutritional Advisor.

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