Protein: Is it just for bodybuilders? Ask Amanda Byram

Protein: Is it just for bodybuilders? Ask Amanda Byram


Welcome to #AskAmanda! Now today’s video is actually
inspired by two people, Nick Henry who asked on twitter : “What are the most protein rich foods”
and also Make Up with Kate asked “Is protein just for bodybuilders” Great question, so Let’s talk about What protein is
How it affects the body And what the best sources of protein. Alright let’s talk about the geeky sciency bit first Protein is made up of long chains of amino
acids, which are also known as The Building Blocks for life. Think of each amino as a
different colour of Lego block – some are more important for things such as: skin regeneration,
others for hair growth and others for muscle muscle and joint repair. Now some “Lego Blocks” can be made by the
body, but unfortunately others cannot. So The ones that can’t are called ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS meaning – you
have to get them from your food, its essential. So put simply… every meal should include at least some protein, i’m sure you’ve heard that before.. Your most basic and readily available sources
of protein are Fish
Chicken Meat and eggs
(I’ll get to vegetarian and vegan in a sec now, let’s talk about the significance
of eating protein after a workout, so when you it’s kind of key actually. When you’re starting even a modest workout, your muscles and joints they’re gonna undergo an awful battering, so when that happens, we get “micro
tears”. These have to be repaired, so in order to repair them we need to increase
our intake of protein. (remember the building blocks for life? Overall, makes sense, that the more exercise you do, the more
protein you need because that is the key to a a long lean look. It makes sense. Plus, research has shown
that if you UP the amount of protein in your diet ­it can actually increase the rate in which the
body burns body fat! so thats a win win situation all round. Now. What if you are vegan or vegetarian? Well there
are plenty of sources of protein such as: Eggs
Legumes – Lentils/chickpeas/beans Quinoa is fantastic
Tempeh Spirulina interestingly, tofu but SOY in small doses i’ll get to that in another video..and also Hemp seeds are fantastic But just bear in mind though that none of these on their own i just mentioned
has all of the essential amino acids that you might find in meat or fish so youre probably gonna have to combine the sources. So maybe take some leafy greens and put them with pulses or get some quinoa and chop up some tofu, stick that in there. But remember also the plus side of vegetarian diets is that
they are probably a little bit healtier when compared to that of meat eaters —- but we’ll talk about that in another video aswell Lastly, I just wanna talk about protein shakes, because people always ask what they’re for and when do I have them? After a workout, it’s a convenient
and speedy way to re­ build those micro tears i talked about, when your muscles need to repair and become
lean. HOWEVER, a lot of those powders do contain unhealthy
sweeteners so i’m not a fan of those at all.. and also whey protein is dairy so if you’re intolerant then stay away from whey. So i reckon if youre going to have them have some VEGAN protein powder Just remember. Its a quick easy was to rebuild the micro tears
personally i think if you can, eat not drink your protein. So that’s my lowdown on protein. I hope
you got to grips with it and don’t forget to please share with you friends, like it
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all the info is in the description box. You stay healthy See ya soon. Bye!

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