Ahh Protein… Also known as Protons or Brotein, no? Just us then. It’s a hot topic, for good reason too: it’s absolutely crucial to build muscle, burn fat and get the body you want.
How much Protein should you consume? That’s an entirely different post all together but as a general rule of thumb try to aim for 1g of Protein per lb of body weight.
Below you’ll find 7 of the best sources of Protein to help you get the required amount..
Whey protein is absorbed faster than any other protein, making it ideal for fuelling muscle growth before and after training. It also boosts your immune system and a study at Ball State University, Indiana, found taking a minimum of 0.88g of whey per pound of body weight could prevent the ills of overtraining from setting in.
This is the animal protein with one of the lowest saturated fat content, serving just 0.5g of fat per 100g. A modest 300g serving will provide your RDA of magnesium, which generates the energy needed for you to train, protect you against cramps and help your muscles contract.
A 300g steak will provide you your RDA of zinc, which aids in post-exercise tissue repair and in the conversion of food to fuel. Beef is one of the richest natural sources of the strength booster creatine which is a famously efficient muscle building aid.
One large breast will give you your RDA of niacin which will help your body produce energy from all the foods you eat and keep both your nervous and digestive system healthy. It’s low in saturated fat (1.3g) and carbs and is a good source of omega-3, making it an ideal protein source if you’re trying to lose weight or gain lean muscle.
A few chops will give you your RDA of the energy producing vitamins niacin and B12, which will help you train longer. It’s a solid source of zinc and selenium – both of these are excellent for helping your muscles recover after exercise.
There’s obviously plenty more out there. These are just great at giving you the most bang for your buck.
What did we miss that’s your go to for protein!? Let us know in the comments!