Understanding protein: intakes, supplementation, benefits and risks (Part I)

Protein

Mention supplementation to any aspiring athlete or just anyone who tries to work out even just lose body fat – and the first thing that they think of is protein shakes.  Protein supplementation became so synonymous with exercise nutrition and perceived to be so necessary and indispensable that it is considered by many a panacea and a miracle substance that would work wonders and magically reshape the body into fit, athletic and beautiful. Protein shakes are marketed as meal substitutes for various diet plans.  Because proteins are typically thought of as “building blocks” for muscle and, for many people, are associated purely with muscle growth – literally, huge buckets of protein powders (with boastful names claiming to provide some mega-hyper-anabolic […]

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