Why combining protein and exercise equals fat loss
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The majority of my clients are probably just like you, they are normal people with normal lives and normal jobs and they train for their general health and fitness, aiming at losing weight, toning up and looking good. I try to explain that if they really want to lose weight and tone up then the aim of their training shouldn’t be to just exercise to lose weight but to gain lean muscle mass as studies have shown that the more lean muscle mass you have the faster your resting metabolic rate will be. Which basically put means, that by raising your resting metabolic rate you will burn more calories while at rest then you currently do?
So if you train to lose weight and tone up then for you to get the most out of your training you want to aim at building lean muscle mass. In order for you to build lean muscle mass it is vitally important to consume protein within 1 hour after exercise to repair the damage you have just done to your body by working out. Sound confusing? Well it’s not. Let me try to explain.
The soreness people generally feel after exercise is caused from micro tears in your muscles. These tears are so called because they are so small that you would need a microscope to see them (so don't worry, YOU ARE NOT AT DEATHS DOOR). As your body is placed under stress the muscles will tear to better allow them to absorb protein and hence rebuild, repair and develop. This is important for everyone; not just for body builders. As studies have shown that the more lean muscle mass you have the faster your resting metabolism will be. A higher metabolic rate is critical for those who wish to burn their body's fat stores (which let's face it is all of you & no I am not calling you fat).
If protein is not consumed within 1 hour after training your muscles will try to repair themselves by eating away at the only available protein in the body, that within the muscles themselves. When this process occurs it achieves the opposite effect to that desired by someone seeking to lose weight because the muscle mass critical to maintaining metabolic rate is wasted, rather than developed. Consuming protein after training can be as easy as simply having a protein shake, or protein can readily be found in all meats or for vegetarians soy products, low fat yoghurt or legumes.
So the benefits are evident not only for the professional athlete or body builder. They are evident for anybody who just exercises to look and feel good. The results can be a nice tight, well defined body that doesn't carry much fat. This is why I recommend all of you bring a protein shake to training so that you can have this as soon as you finish. This of course isn't a meal substitute it is purely to ensure that you get your protein directly after training when you need it rather than making your body wait for you to get home, have your shower, cook your meal and then sit down to eat it.
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Peter Petrou fitness Pty Ltd
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