Protein for Aesthetics
Even though aesthetics training differs from bodybuilding performance training, protein is just as important.
Protein is an essential nutrient that is contained in every part of the body, muscles, blood, skin, bones, organs, hair and nails.
Protein is needed for growth and repair, not only in muscles but every part of the body. Without protein the body actually breaks down faster than it repairs itself.
WHAT IS PROTEIN?
Protein is made up of about 20 amino acids. These amino acids are known as the building blocks of life.
The body can produce amino acids, but, there are 8 essential amino acids that the body must have from food sources as the body can't make them.
SOURCES OF PROTEIN FOR AESTHETICS
Not all foods contain protein but food from animals, fish and nuts some of the primary sources
All animal proteins are known as complete proteins. This simply means they contain all the eight amino acids so when you eat meat for example you know you are getting your full quota of amino acids.
Other sources of protein are fish, vegetables, pulses and grains. These are the incomplete proteins and need to be eaten in combination with other foods.
SELECTION OF PROTEIN FOODS
Red meat, turkey, chicken, fish, milk, cheese (cottage cheese being the lowest in fat), eggs, nuts, seeds, pulses, (including good old baked beans) oats, quinoa, soy, tofu, wholemeal bread, green vegetables.
FUNCTION OF PROTEIN
The function of protein is to build, maintain and repair the body, without protein there would be no body!
Protein is used for energy but only when other energy sources are depleted. The body needs to have an adequate supply of carbs and fat so your protein can concentrate on building those muscles!