Why the body needs more than protein after exercise
The strength training is over, the jogging session is over. Quickly drink a protein shake before the anabolic window closes, after all the muscles are supposed to grow and the diet should be supported. Muscle building, weight loss, meal replacement - the protein market is booming and offers protein in all imaginable forms: pancakes, bars, cream, brownies, chips, cookies, ice cream, yoghurt, pudding, muesli ... the list is endless. But is protein alone really the answer? Here you can find out why more is needed than that :
Why eat anything after a workout at all?
Anyone who does sports usually sweats. The body not only loses fluids, but also minerals. The need for vitamins can also increase, as they play an important role in energy metabolism. Regardless of whether it is a competitive sport or leisure activity – the body needs energy. If the memory is empty, it must be refilled. Even with a diet, important nutrients are often missing due to the reduced food intake. If you don't add them back, you risk losing muscle. Yes, protein is food for our muscles, but we need more than just protein to feed our body holistically. A combination of all the important macronutrients is important. Let's look at these in detail:
proteins and amino acids
Proteins, also known as proteins, are made up of amino acids and are an extremely important building material for our muscles. They not only help to build them up, but are also indispensable helpers in the repair and regeneration processes of the muscles. Anyone who thinks that increased protein intake alone would only make muscles grow is wrong. Not much happens there without the appropriate stimulus. So they only grow in combination with appropriate training/appropriate stress.
Proteins in the human body are formed from only 20 of the 270-280 known amino acids. Eight of them are essential for us humans: the essential amino acids. Since the body cannot produce them itself, they must be ingested through food. In the case of very long-lasting stress, the body's own carbohydrate stores are used up and protein reserves are used as a source of energy. Amino acids are increasingly broken down during intensive, longer activities - and therefore have to be supplied again. You can find out why we rely on plant-based protein in our blog .
They are the source of energy for our body. Anyone who is sufficiently supplied with carbohydrates also has significantly more energy - not only during training. Complex carbohydrates in particular contribute to a balanced diet. These are foods rich in starch and fiber, such as whole grain products and vegetables. Another benefit of carbohydrates: They keep you full for longer and also provide vitamins and minerals.
Fats are also great sources of energy. Not only an excess can lead to a loss of performance, but also a deficiency. It is recommended that 20-30% of daily energy should come from fat - preferably with adequate intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These can have a positive effect on regeneration after intense physical exertion.
Vitamins & Minerals
For the ideal energy supply of the body, the metabolism must function smoothly. For this we need B vitamins in particular. Vitamin B1, for example, is important for heart muscle function.
The supply of minerals should not be neglected either. Magnesium, for example, is a vital mineral that is involved in various processes in the body. It activates many enzymes involved in energy metabolism, is involved in protein synthesis and supports bone and muscle function. The more we sweat, the more magnesium is lost with the fluid. For active people, the supply is therefore particularly important.
Dietary fibers are found almost exclusively in plant-based, unprocessed foods and are indigestible food components. They play an important role in metabolism and digestion. Fiber can also contribute to longer satiety. Gut health and a strong immune system go hand in hand. Dietary fibers serve the microorganisms of our intestines and can contribute to a healthy intestinal flora. They are therefore an indispensable part of our diet.
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