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How To Optimize Your Protein Intake

By Katherine Crawford

Many people simply do not know how to eat protein the right way. And not knowing how to manage your protein intake is a sure fire way to decreased health and fitness.

The problem here is that there is just too much misinformation out there.

So, without further ado, here is how to make sure your protein intake isn’t holding you back:

1. Don’t have too much of it: Paradoxically, eating too much protein will cause your body to burn more protein for energy. In fact, the best way to preserve your body stores of protein is by eating carbohydrates. So make sure you don’t go on a high protein diet.

2. Drink lots of water: Of all the macronutrients, protein requires the most water for digestion. So make sure you drink small quantities of water throughout the day. And if you have a protein heavy meal, increase water intake further to aid digestion.

3. Eat complete proteins as often as possible: Complete proteins have all the amino acids in them. And proteins with all the amino acids are best absorbed by your body. Now if you are a vegetarian try to incorporate soy and if possible, egg whites into your diet.

4. Have your veggies: Eating vegetables with your protein is a great way to time release it into your system. And time released protein gets absorbed into your active tissues much better than fast digesting protein. So make sure you incorporate lots of vegetables and salads into your diet.

5. Eat every 3 hours: Unfortunately, the human body does not have a good reserve of extra protein. So if you go more than 3 hours between meals your body will start to break down muscle protein for energy. Thus, eating smaller meals throughout the day is far better here.

6. Avoid supplements as much as possible: You see, your body did not evolve to digest supplements. Instead, stick to whole sources of protein as much as possible here for best results. Unfortunately, supplements digest too quickly.

Protein is critical for proper recovery and healthy functioning. So make sure you don’t sit on this information, act on it as soon as you can!

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