Do I Need Protein?

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Protein, We’ve all heard we have to have it right? But why? And how much? Well the truth is we’ve placed a little bit too much emphasis on protein and neglected some other important elements. Don’t get me wrong. We need protein. Our muscles use Amino Acids (the building blocks of our muscles) which we get from proteins. And failing to get these Amino Acids can result in our muscles starving, so we do need protein. But there has been talk that protein is all we need, and that is simply not true.

While protein is important so are complex carbs from whole food sources such as brown rice, potatoes, whole grain oats, quinoa and couscous. Especially on days when we are working out and exercising, carbohydrates can offer an excellent source of fuel for our bodies.

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I typically take in about 50% carbs, 30% protein, and 20% percent fat (try to get this from good fat sources like omega 3’s, olive oil, and nuts/seeds. The reason for this is because you don’t want your body to be void of glycogen stores, which comes from complex carbs. Complex carbs as the type listed above, should be used as opposed to sugary white carbs, because they are slow releasing and will provide you with the energy you need throughout the day. So don’t buy into the no carb hype, just choose the correct carbs.

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