Go into any gym and check out the supplements available. They usually involve some kind of recovery in the form of extra protein. Whether that's in a shake, pull, or other drink, extra protein seems to be everywhere; but do you need it?
The short answer is no, and here's why:
1. According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), a moderately active adult needs only 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.
2. Also, according to NASM, all exercising individuals require 1.4-2.0 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.
3. If you actually tally you're protein intake each day, you're likely to find that you are consuming enough protein each day.
Now, you must remember two important concepts:
1. Muscle building happens during recovery (on your rest days) and
2. Within one hour of working out, you should consume food with a mix of protein and carbohydrates. If you can't get to real, whole food, then a good shake at the gym can be okay.
So, remember, whether it's a weight training session or a cardio session, most of us will not require more protein than we already consume. Otherwise, keep in mind the guidelines above.
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