Thursday, March 8, 2012

How much protein do you really need?

Happy Thursday! NIM's Myth Busters here again doing what we do best. Today we're looking at National Nutrition Month's MYTH #28: Eating a lot of protein helps build muscle.

Here's THE TRUTH: Protein alone does not build muscle mass. A strength-training program, along with enough calories from healthy foods, recovery time and sleep, are also needed for building muscle. Sure, you need protein, but overdoing it adds extra calories and won’t build bigger muscles. While most people get enough protein from their daily diet, strength-training athletes, like bodybuilders, might benefit from more protein, especially in post-workout snacks. But even that extra amount of protein can be met by simply choosing protein-rich foods from Canada’s Food Guide, such as lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, lower-fat milk and alternatives, and legumes.

More information on fuelling your fitness:
• http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Fact-Sheet-Pages%28HTML%29/Sports-Nutrition/Training-Diets-for-Athletes.aspx
• http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Fact-Sheet-Pages%28HTML%29/Sports-Nutrition/Are-You-Winning-at-Sports-Nutrition-.aspx

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