Lean Muscles Formula II

Proteins (35 %)

Protein is important because it is the source of amino acids ( the building blocks that your body uses to manufacture hormones, enzymes, components of immune systems, blood proteins, connective tissue and Muscles). Unlike carbohydrates, protein deficiencies can not be as easily  compensated for. In the absence of carbs, the body uses protein (acquired from gluconeogenesis) and fats (acquired through Ketosis) to maintain blood sugar and glycgen.

In the absence of protein, however, your body can not manufature additional proteins from carbohydrates or fats. When the body's protein requirement are not met, it taps into muscle tissue for amino acids to maintain vital functions.This condiiton is called as 'catabolic cindition' and it can result in number of negative effects including impaired manufacturing of hormones, compromised immune functions and loss of muscle tissue. This is precisely why protein intake and quality sources are such important components of the Lean Muscles formula.

Amino acids

Amino acids are the building blocks of all proteins. Different proteins are made up of different concentration of amino acids. The value of a protein in regard to new tissue growth is dependent on the concentration of amino acids. Since some amino acids are found in smaller amounts in some foods, these amino acids will be depleted faster, which can hinder muscle growth.

The Critical 5 amino acids

It is adviced to take 35 % of your calories come from quality protein sources high in the 'Critical 5' amino acids: Glutamine, Arginine and BCAA's (Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine). These amino acids are of utmost importance to support muscle growth, strength and recovery after resistance weight training and exercise.

How much Protein do you really need?

As a rule, athletes and individuals who work out have higher demands for proteins than sedentary individuals. After a workout, muscle growth is stimulated by increased transport of amino acidsinto the muscle tissue by insuline. Increased amino acid transport increases nitrogen, which is critical for muscle growth. Additionally, certain amino acids in higher quantities increase the release of anabolic hormones like Growth Hormone (GH).

Many people think that they need much more protein than their bodies can handle or need. In fact, you may be thinking that 35 % is not enough to ensure you meet your protein requirements. If you do the calculations, depending on your goal and workout program, you will see that 35% plus your high protein meal or shake before bedtime, represents as much as 1.5 gm per pound of body weight  is not only adequate, its optimal.

Protein overload syndrome..

Are you consuming too much?

Consuming too much protein can have some detrimental effects. Invariably, your body uses amino acids from protein you ingest for the anabolic process of bulding muscle. However, when you ingest too much protein at once, the surplus aminos can take on a different biochemical process. Excess  amino acids can be converted to fat and glucose, and during this process, deamination takes place. Deamination can lead to an excessive build up of ammonia- a nitrogenous waste product that is toxic to the cells of the body. It can also cause muscle fatigue. Excess protein can also cause the over production of another nitrogenous waste product, urea. While urea is a natural byproduct of amino acids, it can nevertheless be damaging to your kidneys in excess.

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