Let's talk Protein, Women and our Facess
What is protein?
Proteins are macronutrients, chains of amino acids held together by peptide bonds. There are 20 amino acids, nine of which are referred to as ‘essential’. These essential amino acids cannot be manufactured in the body and have to be obtained through food.
Common animal sources of these are meat, fish, eggs, dairy, with incomplete vegan sources coming from foods such as whole grains, pulses, legumes, soy, leafy greens, and nuts. While I, Michelle King, am.maily plantbased I need to take special supplements as a lack of vitamin B12 was a huge issue for me and resulted in spots/sore small red lumps under my eyes. So, get that protein or those supplements.
Why is it especially important for women?
Most women at some period of their cycle thanks to their hormones have cravings. These tend to lean towards more sugary, low-protein foods. Whilst carbohydrates and fats are needed for energy, protein is essential for stabilising energy levels, as well as the growth and repair of cells within the body such as neurotransmitters and hormones- not just muscle cells!
Sugar plays havoc with our blood sugars, inflammation and can result in spots and fine lines and wrinkles.
Unlike carbohydrates & fats, your body does not store protein so there is no reservoir to draw from when running low.
This in turn puts muscles, bones, cartilage, skin, and blood under threat from insufficient protein uptake
Why protein could mean the difference to your fat loss goals.
If you find that you’re constantly hungry throughout the day, chances are you may not be consuming enough protein in your meals. Protein takes a lot longer to digest than carbohydrates, meaning you’ll stay fuller for longer if you base a large portion of your meal around protein. It is also the hardest to digest of the three macronutrients, or in other words- has the highest ‘Thermic Effect of Food’ (TEF). The body actually requires energy to break down and utilise protein, so essentially you burn calories during the digestion process. Those on a high protein fat loss diet could potentially see faster results than those on a low protein diet.
Even when consuming sufficient amounts of protein paired with a heavy and intense weight training program, it is still extremely difficult for women to build large amounts of muscle mass. We simply do not possess the amount of testosterone needed to stimulate large amounts of muscle growth.
Rather for all of us protein helps the growth and repair of muscle cells. The body is only capable of developing a certain amount of lean muscle mass per day. Any excess protein consumed through your diet gets converted and used as energy, or excreted
If anything, consuming protein will simply make us women look and feel stronger, leaner, and healthier!.
The ‘bulkiness’ which most women tend to confuse with muscle gain is usually a result of one consistently consuming too many calories in general, in turn resulting large amounts of fat mass developing on top of muscle.
Provided a woman is sticking to a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle, becoming ‘bulky’ is the least of anyone’s worries!..
Who benefits from protein?
In simple terms- All of us!
However for those who are active, breaking down muscle tissue becomes inevitable. Protein becomes an even more essential macronutrient to repair and protect muscles, as well as supporting bones and joints from breakages, strains, and sprains.!
Protein provides us all with the basic material for connective tissue, bones, hair, and nails.
Why protein is especially important for women
For women, bone health and density is important, especially as we age.
Getting enough protein can keep bones strong and minimize the density loss that comes with ageing.
So whether you’re undergoing intense exercise or not, it important to ensure that you are getting a protein source at every meal. It could provide you with the immune boost, keep skin toned and tightened and keep those colds at bay!
Skin and protein
We need to feed our muscles to ensure they work well and will have a toning effect on tiur facial.muscles too. This in turn will make your facebtoga practice far easier!