6 Must Know Reasons to Get Your Protein

What are some reasons why you should get your protein?

This is a question we get all the time at Trak Atheltics. I’m sure you’ve wondered at times yourself. Our goal is to educate you on why we make certain recommendations so you can go forward making better decisions on your own. If we can get you to a place where you are letting others know why you do what you do, then we’ll be happy people. Here is a clear and concise explanation of why we want you to consume protein.

At TrAk we believe protein is vital to overall health. If possible, every meal you have should contain protein; specifically, some form of animal based protein (beef, fish, chicken, pork, eggs). There are a few very solid reasons for the protein emphasis, and this is directed at everyone, it’s not just specific to athletes:

Thanks to Mike Kesthely of Dynamic Nutriton, one of our nutrition mentors, for capturing exactly why protein is important.

TEF (Thermic Effect of Food)

Protein is a very costly macronutrient (protein/carbohydrate/fat) to metabolize; we actually BURN calories digesting it. Therefore, from a “lean-out” perspective, it makes sense to include it at every meal.

Repairing Skeletal Muscle + Tissues

This is an obvious one—training/exercise creates consistent damage to your muscles and tendons that need to be repaired.

Addition of Lean Body Mass

Another obvious one—if we tear it down with training, we need the materials to re-build; contrary to popular belief, a “high-protein” diet will NOT create big, bulky muscles in women—the testosterone and other hormones are just not there like in males. Think lean.

Satiety

Basically, how “satisfied” your brain is after ingesting it. Eating is completely hormonally driven; fat, carbs, and protein all affect hormonal secretion differently. As far as satiety goes, protein is king—a little goes a long way, and it’s actually physically impossible to over-eat protein.

Fat Storage/Fat Release

No need to go into geeky detail on this one, but I’m going to throw a couple of specific hormones your way: Insulin and Glucagon. Animal based sources of protein are very amino-acid dense (versus stuff like beans), and cause a greater secretion of glucagon, the “release” hormone. Insulin is the master “storage” hormone. We want release. Hence, we eat animal based protein—and not because of any anti-vegan sentiment, but because it’s the best source of complete protein we have available.

Displacement of Carbohydrate Ratio

What this means, is, by default, if your protein is high, your carb intake will be shifted lower. 110g of protein is 440kcals…and a LOT of satiety. If this is dominated with animal based protein, fat naturally falls into place, and carbs can be partitioned and titrated based on exercise needs.

So go ahead, eat your eggs or egg whites for breakfast, enjoy ham and turkey breast at lunch, and your fish or lean steak for dinner.