Hopefully, by now if you read my Protein 101 Article you're completely muscle-bound and have to walk through doors sideways because your shoulders are too broad.
If not, you're not trying hard enough...
On a more serious note, I'd like to talk about what exactly protein is and bad sources that might not be helping your progress.
So what is protein?
Well, protein is made of tiny molecules known as Amino Acids.
Without getting too complicated, after we consume protein, our body breaks it down into peptide chains or individual amino acids for various jobs within the body.
Why is this important?
Because some amino acids are more critical to the body than others.
For example, the two main groupings of amino acids are Essential Amino Acids (EAA) and Non-Essential Amino Acids (NEAA).
EAA - cannot be produced by the body from other substances, so it must come from the diet.
NEAA - Can, if need be, be produced by the body from other substances.
There are other groupings, but we don't need to know about that right now.
Again, Why is this important?
Because knowing this concept will help you make optimal protein source selections going forward.
Maybe you've heard about complete proteins vs. Incomplete Proteins.
It's basically what I outline above:
Complete Proteins have all of the EAA that the body needs.
Incomplete Protein does not have all of the EAA's.
Thus for sufficient nutrition, Incomplete Proteins should be combined with another protein source to attain all of the Essential Amino Acids.
Foods like lentils, various nuts, and fatty cheeses are NOT good sources of protein and should be used sparingly to meet your protein needs.
Trying to meet your protein needs is akin to trying to save for retirement with your credit card cashback rewards...
Meaning you'll just go into more debt (Gain Weight) and not have any meaningful savings (Muscle tissue)
Not a good idea, stick with the lean meats and buy some wider door frames.
Interested in making this work for you?
Set up a call with me and we'll talk about this and other ways I can help you get back your strength and your health.