Protein is one of the three macronutrients we should include in our diets for optimal health.
A lot of people associate protein with old school body builder style training and men with necks as thick as tyres shovelling chicken breasts into their mouth out of tupperware...
I personally love this type of training and have watched every documentary I can about Arnold, Ronnie and anything to do with the Westside Barbell Club however, the idea that these are the only people that should be considering their protein intake isn't true.
Regardless of your age, gender or activity levels we can all benefit from being a bit more mindful about our protein consumption.
As well as muscle growth protein supports muscle and bone recovery, making hormones, enzymes, supports immune function and plays a crucial role in the processes that fuel our bodies and carrying oxygen throughout the body in the blood, just to name a few.
And if the health benefits don't get you as excited as they do me, protein is also very satiating so will help you stay fuller for longer, which can be very useful if you are dieting.
So how much do you need?
RDA states 0.8g per kg of body weight, however in older individuals or whose that resistance train between 1.6 - 2.2g has been proven to be beneficial.
But what if you don't want to track your protein by the gram?
A good place to start is making sure you have a protein source with each meal and incorporating high protein snacks between meals or after exercise.
#gainz and all that.