Protein is critical for building muscle. Anyone trying to get lean or build muscle must consume adequate protein every day. Plus, eating enough protein boosts your metabolism, helps stabilize blood sugars and energy, and even helps manage appetite.
Protein requires much more energy to digest than carbs or fat, so you actually burn more calories just breaking down protein into amino acids (its building blocks).
If we don’t eat enough of protein, our bodies will “steal” amino acids from structures inside our body, breaking down muscle tissue if needed. In fact, muscle tissue is often the first to be sacrificed (especially if you’re in a caloric deficit) so someone on a fat loss journey should pay special attention to protein intake to avoid the unnecessary loss of lean muscle.
An easy way to estimate how much protein you should be consuming each day is to aim for 1 gram of protein per pound of goal body weight, per day. For example, if you currently weigh 200 pounds, but you want to be 160 pounds, aim for 160 grams of protein per day.
It would be great if you could meet all your protein needs from whole food sources, but that often requires prior planning, refrigeration, and other not-always-convenient tasks like shopping and cooking at least a few times a week. That’s why we strategically incorporate protein supplements as a convenient, effective addition for many of our clients.
Life Time’s line of best-in-class protein powders offer variety of naturally flavored options made without artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, or fillers.
Life Time Grass Fed Whey helps build muscle and improve recovery after workouts because it contains an easily digestible source of amino acids, but it isn’t your standard whey. It’s sourced from cows that graze on New Zealand’s open pastures and are raised free of added hormones, antibiotics or other chemical additives. Our Grass Fed Whey is available in three delicious natural flavors; Vanilla, Chocolate, or Strawberry Crème.
Life Time VeganMax is a non-dairy protein derived from pea protein isolate and rice protein concentrate. It is soy-free, gluten-free, 100% vegan and contains a complete amino acid profile (comparable to whey). Though vegetarians, vegans and carnivores alike can enjoy this plant-based protein, it is also a great option for those who don’t tolerate dairy products. VeganMax is available in three delicious natural flavors; Vanilla, Chocolate, or Chocolate Mint Chip.
rest & recover
Recovery is a critical component of any exercise program. Squeeze this 30-minute beginner’s yoga session into your weekend for some active recovery and relaxation time.
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