We’re glad we have this little platform to work with, finally, at last. As being a part if a fitness forum as a moderator I’ve seen half a million topics started on this one subject so I figured, why not start our first week off right than with the awesome topic:
How much protein should I be eating?
Stares blankly into the computer monitor, and sighs.
I only do that because of how often this topic comes up. It is asked more often in health discussions than how to properly do any one exercise. To be blunt, there is not a “correct” amount, per se. It could be said that for a vegan diet, like mine, we’ll get around 10-12% of our protein total from all calories consumed, as to where a meat-eaters diet is around 14-18%. Yes, the RDA says around 0.8 grams of protein should be for every kilogram that we weight.
Now, I know that I could throw out more stats at you like you were listening to a football game, but I don’t want to. I don’t have to. So there. Blog over…..just kidding. I’m going to guess that the demographic of people coming to this form will be divided between people who know the protein scoop, and those who are very new to the nutrition and fitness world. THOSE are the people I’m about to address because I like to edumakate people. Yes, I spelled it just like that. It’s comedy people, that’s a good joke right there.
So what is it? That’s probably where you need to start. If you already know, don’t answer. Let the new kid in class raise his hand, thanks…..Protein is the primary building block for muscle, bone, skin, hair, and many other tissues. Protein also functions as a transport protein such as hemoglobin (protein found in red blood cells…just dropped science on y’all). It’s made of blocks called amino acids which are hooked together to form specific proteins with different characteristics. There’s 20 of them and 9 are essential, which again Mr. Science says “that means the body can’t produce it”. Anytime you hear “essential” in nutrition that is what that means. K?
Moving on, Protein is NOT where you get your energy from primarily. Only a small amount. Healthy fats and carbs are what your body gets that from FIRST. But if you’re only eating protein all the time and forgetting how important shit like Yams, and Coconut Oil are for your energy source, you turn into something far worse than a protein hoarder…you’re now probably constipated. And then ammonia is produced as a byproduct. Sounds awesome right? No. Because during exercise that shit builds in your muscles and causes you to ass out. And then you’re depleting your protein stores which you were going to use to repair your muscles. You’re doing it all wrong. YOU’RE LOSING IT MAN!! (Bonus points if you know the movie I just quoted)
“So Mr. MetalMade Fitness Dru guy” you ask “when the fuck should I be having protein?” Well in regards to working out? After. And for the sake of replenishing your glycogen stores, make sure you have some carbs with it. Like…a protein shake and a banana? Something like that.
Finally, you’re probably going to ask this Vegan Stud the #1 question I get more than anything.
“Did that tattoo hurt?” No. It didn’t
The second most asked question is “Where do you get your protein from if you don’t eat dead animals that I paid someone else to kill for me?”
GLAD YOU ASKED! Besides plant protein powders as a supplementation, here is a good list:
Seeds. Nuts. Beans. Lentils. Broccoli. Tempah. Soy (though I’m starting to think soy is evil shit), Quinoa, Buckwheat, Hempseed, Chia, Ezekiel Bread, Seitan, Hummus w/ Pita, Spinach, Potato, Asparagus, Brussel Sprouts, Oat Bran, Bulgar….
I could list a lot more but we’d be here a while. You get the point. Whether you’re a Carnie or a Vegan, know that protein is everywhere, so if you’d like to, you don’t have to eat animals and still make sure you’re getting plenty of those nutritional lego’s you need to build the castle that is your hot body.