Feed your Muscle
The same size of muscle tissue might weigh more than the same size of fat tissue, but it will take up WAY less room. So, for the majority of people . . . okay, really everybody, our goal is to change our body composition from having more fat tissue to having more muscle tissue. The more muscle we have, the leaner, more toned we become.
In order to grow muscle tissue, we need to feed it and we need to help aid in its' recovery so we can workout more frequently. That doesn't mean we stuff our face or NEVER, ever take an off day, it means we need to choose from an array of foods that we know will help muscle growth and segment our training for programmed "rest days".
My "go to" for post-workout supplementation is my Healthy Skoop B-Strong Protein Powder.
This powder has 16 grams of plant-based proteins and gently sweetened with honey. I definitely watch my sugar intake, so I love the fact that this supplement tastes good, with only 3 grams of sugar and 160 calories.
I'm to the point now that my body literally craves this quick shake after my workouts. I've noticed my recovery has quickened since starting these shakes, which gives me the ability to workout out harder more frequently, pushing me to a higher fitness/sport level.
There are many supplements on the market today that you can look into to help "feed YOUR muscle". There are a couple of things to watch out for though before you mindlessly purchase that protein shake because "you work out!" Here is what I encourage you to do when searching for a good protein supplement:
1. Check out the calorie content. Most people don't need the calories. Only BIG muscle builders need that extra caloric intake. So, if your powder is 250+ calories, forget it. You're doing yourself no favors at all for losing weight.
2. Check the sugar content. In my opinion, sugar is the cause of a lot of our sickness in the world today. Sugar is added to everything from BBQ sauce to Ketchup, to aspirin. Check the sugar content. Keep it as low as you can.
3. Check the protein content. You want the MOST protein grams you can get with low calorie and sugar content.
4. Natural ingredients. Make sure you understand and can pronounce EVERYTHING on the ingredient list.
Well, there you have it. My 2 cents on protein supplementation. There are a lot out there. B-Strong is one that I recommend because it's part of my everyday life and it tastes amazing. Plus, I even put it into some of my baking recipes for that extra protein punch!
If you want to give Skoop a try, order here.