Trending News: New research points to protein deficiencies in most people
If you are like a lot of guys who are trying to pack on muscle, there’s a good chance protein intake matters to you. This point is particularly true if your goal is to increase muscular size and strength.
But are you truly getting enough protein for your physical needs? According to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, probably not.
Investigators discovered over a third of adults in the United States fall short of the recommended amount of protein by up to 30 grams per days.
That’s a lot when one considers current FDA guidelines recommend you need 50 grams of protein daily, based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Men’s Variety spoke to Chicago based personal trainer Mike Elder about the importance of protein and muscular development.
“A lot of guys forget that half the battle with losing weight and increasing muscle size is diet. The two go hand in hand. You can have the most amazing workouts in the world but if your diet is off, progress is going to suffer,” says Elder.
Indeed, researchers found many people in the study were lacking not just in protein but also in nutrient-dense foods that contain essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C and zinc.
“If you are trying to increase strength and power, consistent protein intake is critical. It’s all about the food. I encourage my clients to eat as clean as possible, meaning sticking to the basics, like chicken, beans, fish, and eggs,” suggests Elder.
If carving out time to make healthier meals is difficult because of your schedule, Elder offers a few alternatives.
“In a perfect world, all of us would eat clean. But for most folks, that’s just not real because of work and family obligations. Instead, make the concept of eating clean a general goal while leaning into healthy alternatives.
Examples include pre-made protein shakes or smoothies. Nutrition bars are OK too, provided they aren’t loaded with sugar and fat,” says Elder.
So, if you are wondering why you aren’t seeing the results you’d like from the gym, you may want to examine your diet. Are you getting enough protein?