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Protein Needs – Fat Loss Versus Muscle Building

Almost everyone by now knows that protein is important in the diet, regardless of whether your goal is fat loss or muscle building.

Not only is protein going to keep you feeling satisfied, helping ward off hunger, but it’s also critical for giving your body the nutrients it needs to rebuild the body tissues so you come back stronger and feeling well to each workout.

When your protein needs are not met, you will be at risk for losing muscle mass, and eventually growing weaker in the process.

The Mistake That’s Make Regarding Protein Intake

The big mistake many people make though is thinking that they need more protein when trying to build muscle, in comparison with trying to lose weight.

It would only seem to make sense – muscle is protein, so shouldn’t you eat more when you want to build more muscle?

Not quite.

Muscle Building Protein Needs

When you’re trying to build muscle, you definitely will need a good supply of amino acids, but you only need to meet your typical requirements (usually 1 gram per pound of body weight).

After that, you’re actually better off eating dietary fat or carbohydrates, as this will supply the body with the energy it needs to manufacture new tissues.

Loading up on protein is essentially just expensive waste, as the body will just break down what it doesn’t need for its requirements and turn it to fat or use it for energy.

Protein Needs and Weight Loss

When trying to lose weight, however, since you will be taking in fewer calories total, there is a much higher chance that the body will turn to incoming dietary protein for fuel, thus shorting your body of the amino acids it needs to repair bodily tissues.

For you, this means muscle loss.

So, you actually need more protein when trying to lose weight than when trying to build muscle.

Be sure you keep that in mind when planning your fat loss diet or muscle building meal plan.



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