Balancing Your Protein Intake

It isn't anything new that we need a sufficient amount of protein in our diet in-order for our body to function properly. Protein in one of 3 macronutrients that are necessary for our body to go about its daily busy hassle free. It is made of amino acids that are used to build strong bones, build and repair muscles and several other functions in the body. 


Something that isn't discussed as often though is when we should be eating protein. As with most nutritional advice, the focus is on what to eat and very little is said in regard to other aspects of diet. And that's no surprise really, it's hard enough knowing what to eat when there is so much advice out there, let alone even considering that when you eat things might make a difference too. 

But, the frank truth is that the timing of your consumption of protein might in fact have an effect, especially if you're an older adult, and here's why...

A study has taken place in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham with 120 participants having their diet monitored through a 3 day food diary. Participants were split into ago groups, one group having an average age of 23 years old, the other 51 and finally 77. The study found that there were a variety of different patterns in the ways people ate, however people in the older group were much more likely to have a lower quality source of protein earlier in the day, such as bread. But why does this matter? 

Well, in order for the body to produce new muscle, stimulation is required, and this occurs when we eat protein. So that we can build as much muscle as possible, this stimulation needs to be regular. As these mechanisms become less efficient the older you get, it becomes even more important to have a regular, healthy intake of protein. 

So what does this mean? Well maybe you could be maximising muscle growth by eating protein on a more regular basis, rather than shoving your daily intake into two large meals. This may not only help to build muscle if muscle gain is your goal, but it also might aid keeping a healthy amount of body on the muscle if you are an older adult. 

Keep eating protein, that's the moral of the story. 

Cya!

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