Fat Loss Myth #2
Mar 1, 2011
I have to eat a lot of protein to gain muscle.
Your body can only absorb and put to use only so much protein at once--this number is somewhere around 25 grams per meal or snack. For this reason, it doesn't need any more than this at a time to make muscle gains and repair. If you're not gram savvy, most protein powders provide somewhere between 16 and 30 grams of protein per serving while cooked chicken breast, for example, contains about 9 grams per ounce. Your best bet is to eat protein-rich foods (or powders depending on the time of day or workout) often to make sure that you're maximizing your training and fat loss benefits.