What do you think about when you hear the word “protein”?
Do you envision a big, sweaty weightlifter guy grunting loudly while he benches 400 pounds? Well, that big burly dude definitely needs protein to get big muscles, but if you’re interested in using protein to build lean muscle, or to simply maintain a healthy weight, you need it, too!
But it isn’t enough to simply eat more protein.
Incomplete Proteins vs. Complete Proteins
Your body needs complete proteins, and the most common sources of complete protein for building muscle are found in meats, eggs, and dairy products. Hint: getting those complete proteins into your body is really hard to do on a vegetarian or vegan diet. I hate to say it, but that pea protein you’re putting into your smoothie, and that glob of peanut butter you just ate right out of the jar – while not unhealthy – are incomplete protein sources.
How Do Proteins Interact With Your Body?
Complete proteins are essential for everyone because they provide the building blocks for your body during autophagy. “Autophagy” is just a fancy word that means your body is regenerating itself, cleaning out the old, broken down tissues from daily living (or from that unfortunate keto experiment) and using the protein from the juicy chicken breast you just ate to regenerate new tissue. SCIENCE!!!!
So, What is Protein Doing For You?
In today’s video (complete with molecular models that don’t look at all like I snatched them from the bottom of a toddler’s toy bin), not only will you learn the difference between complete proteins and incomplete proteins, you’ll find answers to the following questions:
- What is a protein, exactly, and why do we need protein to build lean muscle?
- When should you eat proteins?
- What else are proteins doing for you besides building muscle?
I’ll also address the myth that too much protein is bad for you.
So, even if you aren’t a grunting bodybuilder, and you just want to put proteins to work for you to build lean muscle, this video is for you! 🔥