Proteins are the basic building blocks of the human body.
When you eat foods that contain protein, your digestive system breaks them down into basic units called amino acids. These amino acids are then re-used to make the proteins needed to maintain your hair, skin, nails, bones, blood, internal organs and muscles.
Resistance workouts are a form of stress, which triggers muscle breakdown and can make you feel tired and sore. They also deplete critical amino acids such as glutamine, valine, isoleucine and leucine.
It’s only after you’ve completed exercise that your muscle tissues begin the rebuilding process, so it’s important to replenish lost nutrients to help the body recover.
Consuming high-quality protein following a tough workout helps provide your body with all the necessary amino acids needed to help repair muscle fibres damaged during exercise. Protein also promotes growth of new muscle as an adaptation response to your training, helping to boost your metabolism and increase fat burning.
Try a chicken or tuna salad served with sliced avocado and hard boiled eggs for a protein-rich post-workout snack.
© Sarah West Nutrition