When it comes to protein, there’s a whole heap of misunderstanding going on! It’s blamed for weight gain, but at the same time, it’s an essential food source only suitable for bodybuilders. So, what is the truth? Here are 4 common protein myths and the real truths behind them…
MYTH 1: I only need to eat more protein if I want to bulk up.
Wrong. We all need to eat enough protein for the maintenance of muscle mass and bone health. Put it this way, every single cell in our body depends on protein.
MYTH 2: Muscle loss is just for older people.
If you think muscle loss will only affect you in later life, then think again. Muscle strength actually starts to decline from the age of 30! Pure Warrior dietician, Simone Austin, says, “…age-related muscle loss is called sarcopenia and although it’s slower in your earlier years, it’s still a downhill trend unless you take steps to combat it.” Those steps include consuming enough protein to feed your body and taking regular exercise like strength and resistance training with general daily activities.
MYTH 3: More protein equals more muscle.
Simone says, “Your body needs around 1.6 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight depending on your life stage […] However, you only need enough protein to meet your daily requirements. Once you’ve achieved what your body needs, you will be unable to stimulate your body to produce more muscle simply by eating more protein.” Thanks for clearing that up, Simone!
MYTH 4: Eating one protein-based meal a day is enough.
Simone believes it’s best to spread your protein intake out into doses over the day. This helps to reduce muscle breakdown and stimulate growth. For example, try something like 20-40-gram doses of protein 3 or 4 times across the day.
Swisse Me & protein
Protein intake is important to have little and often during the day, especially around fitness workouts and fitness exercises as part of your fitness nutrition where muscle use needs more support. That’s why you’ll find sources of protein in our low-calorie snacks Boost Me energy blends; from Beetroot to Mango and Pear. Just another way we help your body get the protein it needs throughout the day.