It’s another week and that means another entry in our series about how to manage a successful body transformation. This week we are going to be talking about PROTEIN!!! I know, big surprise, that’s what you and Nolan always talk about Joe! This week is a little different though as I am not going to be giving you numbers and tables about grams of protein you need to ingest and studies on ideal protein intake. This week I want to talk to you about something simpler, in a way.
I am sure you have all heard that having a varied and colorful diet is much better for you than eating the same bland color food day in and day out for many reasons. Different foods in your diet decrease the likelihood of developing food sensitivities, increase the variety of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients you receive from your food and on the whole help you to be a more healthy and balanced individual. I am sure you have all done this with your vegetables, but have you done this with your protein sources? Do you make sure you do not eat red meat more than twice a week? Do you get different types of seafood in a few times a week? How about different types of poultry? There are even vegetable proteins that are beneficial to the human body. These are important things to consider when you are looking at your food sources.
Here, you can find some information about protein intake and different sources as well as the benefits of some of them. It talks about what each type of protein can do you for in both positive and negative ways, which is a piece of the nutrition picture we often fail to see. In general, try to vary your protein sources, poultry; red meat, pork, vegetables and seafood all have their benefits and drawbacks. Limit consumption of red meat to about two times a week and be mindful of serving size. Lastly, supplements are great! They allow you to increase your intake of specific nutrients and minerals that might be challenging for you to get enough of in your diet. However, they are just that, supplements. They should not make up the bulk of daily nutritional intake, as there will be drawbacks to such an imbalanced diet. Try to limit total supplementation, timed around your workouts to get fast acting nutrients into your system at the most optimal times. Other, whole food, sources of protein should be used in all other instances. Trust me; your body will thank you.
Joe, signing out.