Protein in bodybuilding and fitness
Performance based nutrition – no other slogan has become as important in recent years. There is a reason as to why professional and amateur athletes in almost every sport have become more and more powerful than ever before. This is not only due to the improved sports nutrition and supplementation (legal and illegal), but also to advanced and specific training techniques. Nevertheless, a performance based diet makes a large portion of this equation.
Sports-friendly nutrition, however, also means, as the name implies, that it must be adapted to each type of sport individually in order to achieve optimal results in the respective field. For example a marathon runner, above all, has to optimize his nutrition for best performing in endurance events. So all his training, rest and nutrition need to be centered around the goal of increasing and enhancing endurance. For a bodybuilder, however, maximum muscle gain is his most important and primary goal. Accordingly, for the former an optimal supply of energy has the highest priority (for a marathon runner mostly carbohydrates), for the latter, however, the supply of the building blocks for muscle growth is demanded most and that is protein.
Many strength athletes are not at all aware of the importance of adequate protein intake in bodybuilding or do not know how to optimize protein supply and sources. The following article will help and guide you along the way to understanding the role of protein in our nutrition.