Enough protein.

shakeAnother main concern I hear from people is what to eat to build muscle. It is common for people to workout and think the proper diet is salads and fruit. Although that is never a bad diet make sure you are getting enough protein! To build major muscle it is important to make sure you are eating AT LEAST your own body weight in grams of protein, But again that is for major muscle gain.

I personally like the definition and tone up of muscle without the width of it. I keep my protein low, on leg day I will add an extra scoop of my protein powder because I like the look of a larger build on the lower half on my body. On days I workout my upper half, I keep the protein to a minimum. If you are considering taking protein because you think you don’t get enough from your meals make sure you review it. Protein shakes are often loaded with sugar, sometimes fat. Just because it is protein does not mean it is healthy. Personally I find that whey protein is the perfect one for me.

I know a lot of people wonder why theres protein thats feminine or for women. For an example luna bars are considered to be a feminine snack that is because they offer nutrients harder for women to get as well as the amount of protein. Luna bars are considered protein bars but for women because of the amount of protein. Men often lift and want to get big, they’ll grab a protein bar or shake with at least 20 grams of protein, while women get a lift in but do not want that build so they will have a luna bar (often has 8 grams).

When working out all we think about is protein and cancel out carbs, but completely cutting out carbs is never a good idea. Although cutting out carbs make you lose weight, it is not healthy. Low carbs and high protein however, is how you stay lean. Carbs before and after a workout is very necessary, especially before, after all carbs are our main source of energy.

Protein helps rebuild muscle, if you do not have protein after lifting you are not replenishing your muscle tissue, this is the main cause of injury when weight lifting. Another important thing to know about protein is protein synthesis. An alcoholic beverage slows down protein synthesis by 20%. This means that it is slowing down your muscle build. Now I know we are not all saints, and alcohol is not always an easy thing to cut out of a diet but on the days you drink have some extra protein a few hours before bed to make up for the alcohol drinking

The key to your goals is what you have after your workout. Your protein intake depends on what you are trying to achieve, more protein, more muscle gain. Hope this post helped!

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Why I Started

Hello  all, and welcome, to my very first blog post. First off let me start off by explaining why i started this blog. Throughout my entire life and some of my high school career I was a twig. I never cared about weight loss or being healthy, for a good part of my life i was uncomfortable with how skinny I was, all i wanted was to gain weight. Well everyone, my wish came true and i gained that weight.

My junior year of high school there was a loss in my family and I turned to food for comfort. I kept putting on weight, and I could not stop myself. I would try to workout but i was on and off with it and after a workout I would reward myself with 3000 calories worth of snacks. Now don’t get me wrong I still was not “fat” but i was not comfortable with myself, and anyone who knew me knew that i put on a significant amount of weight. When I got to college I did not have the time to eat so the weight slowly came off and I loved hearing people tell me I lost weight, now I still wasn’t healthy but I loved keeping the weight off so I limited what I ate, and i would go to the gym most days.

By the end of my freshman year, i was once again, too skinny. I was obsessed with my gym routine, could not skip a single day, so what did I do? I started to pick up the weights and now its been about 2 years and I have never been happier with my body. The gym is no longer a chore, it is something I look forward to. Eating healthy is no longer my diet it is a lifestyle, i never crave fast food but if i want something I don’t deprive myself from it, I have it. I have it because I work hard and i deserve it. I have it because i know it will not become a habit again. I share this with you because I never thought I would be the person to get here. I hated sports, I hated physical activity, i was never good at it. I was lazy and loved food, I was completely content with being unproductive, and now I am a person who looks forward to waking up early. I am now a person who will squeeze a 40 minute workout in my schedule instead of a nap. If you told me two years ago I would be like this I would have laughed in your face and looked at you crazy. The point is I started, and you can too.