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Protein for Rookies
Zach Bashore
November 23, 2005

You've decided to start bodybuilding but all of these new terms seem to be in a different language. Most of us experienced bodybuilders have felt the same way at one time, so don`t give up just yet. You train hard, but you don`t know anything about proper nutrition. Getting enough protein is the most important when trying to get a good body. I am going to explain the different types of protein, what protein does for your body, and problems associated with not getting enough.

When consumed, protein turns into amino acids which become the cornerstone of muscle gain. Protein also helps you achieve muscle gain while keeping fat to a minimum. You need to space out your meals five to seven times a day to keep your metabolism at its best. Eating more meals also keeps your body in an anabolic state (meaning your body is building muscle). To keep from getting board with your diet, your meals should never be from the same protein source at back-to-back meals.

Lean proteins that are low in fat should be eaten throught the day. Good protein sources to eat throughout day include egg whites, chicken breasts, tuna, and lean steak. There are many other good sources of lean protein but those examples will give you an idea of what to eat. Post workout is the best time to consume whey protein because your body absorbs it at a much faster rate than any other type of protein. Post workout is the only time of the day you should consume whey because your body absorbs it to fast to keep you adequately energized throughout the day

The obesity epidemic would be lower if people simply started eating more protein. It doesn`t matter if you weight train or not, not getting enough will cause many health problems. A loss of muscle tissue is the main problem but don`t expect to lose any fat either. Instead, fat gain will occur because of increased cortisol levels that are associated with lack of protein. Your immune system will start deteriorating, all of your body`s cells will become weak and you will be more susceptible to illness.

Protein is important and should be at the top of everyones grocery list. If you are serious about achieving your bodybuilding or fitness goals then you will do whatever it takes to achieve them. Eating five to seven meals daily is tough at first but once you get into the habit of it, everything will becone second nature. Until next time, stay hungry.

Take care,

Zach Bashore

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