Fitness Talk: Proteins
If not for this one macro nutrient, only god knows what else would the fitness industry would earn on, this nutrient is not only a basic building block of life but has also helped many in the fitness industry to build huge building blocks.
I think, you would have guessed it right by now on what we are going to talk about…?
Protein in the fitness industry is synonymous to an ever-unaccomplished greed and it is on this, that your trainer is going to capitalize on, keeping you in the dark and making you fall a prey to a vicious trap.
Hold on.! This does not mean every trainer out there is trying to dupe you, it would be a heinous crime on my side to claim so, me being a trainer myself, this is just to bring in more awareness for you as a client, and no am not going to endorse any brand of supplement over here.
Ok. Enough of the rhetoric.
Unlike carbohydrates and fats. proteins not only provide energy, they are life sustaining biochemicals that help in building up of new cells, aid in muscular contraction, transport of nutrients via hemoglobin (combination of iron and protein) etc.
Point to be noted here, is all the three macro-nutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat) are structurally different biochemicals and each have their own way of being metabolized for which the raw material is the food we eat.
Just like, how crude oil is the raw material for all petroleum products, but they are separated as different distillates in a petrochemical plant and they all have their own operating temperature.
Though most of you might be knowing it already. I would still like to reiterate on the fact that proteins are made up of amino acids, and these amino acids are of two types essential and non-essential. There are 9 essential amino acids and any protein that has all the 9 is said to be a complete protein.
The moment you read this, if it is the picture of an egg that’s popping up in front of your eyes, yes, you are right. Egg is a complete protein, but brace yourselves dear vegetarians we have got cow’s milk. Now why these two? Because they have a PDCA score of 1.0 i.e. complete absorption of proteins (amino acids) from these two sources.
1. Am I getting enough protein in my diet?
As mentioned in the earlier blog “Fitness Talk – Breaking the Myths for True Fitness”, the key to better health is by ensuring that you have a balanced diet comprising of all the nutrients in the right proportion.
2. I am a pure vegetarian and I don’t eat eggs; how do I ensure that I get enough proteins in my diet?
Please do let go of prejudice that vegetarians don’t get enough protein, which is an absolute myth, the body is least bothered about whether the source is veg or non-veg, rather it only identifies its corresponding biochemicals.
3. I am planning to buy a supplement as I feel am not having adequate protein for the workout I do? Which one would you recommend?
The word supplement itself would mean to supply when something is in deficit and it is important to first identify whether there is a deficit. Please ensure that the person recommending you a supplement is a qualified trainer or a nutritionist who can guide you in buying the correct supplement that suits you.
Should you need any clarification or further discussion in this subject, You are most welcome to approach Niranjan Ganesh, Fitness trainer, our fitness blogger and author of this article for any further queries.