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Fitness Tip of the Day: Pick the Perfect Proteins

How to pick the best proteins to refuel and recharge

“If you engage in regular endurance training, you should aim to consume between 1.2 and 1.6 grams of protein per kg of bodyweight each day. Protein is the macronutrient most directly related to building and maintaining muscle, and studies have even shown that high-protein diets help with weight loss, reducing hunger, and improving overall body composition and blood fat levels. Any type of protein—whether from meat, dairy, or plant-based source—gets the job done. That said, animal sources such as eggs, dairy, meat and poultry are preferable due to their high concentrations of the amino acid, leucine. And don’t worry about combining various plant-based proteins to make sure you’re getting “complete” proteins—this is a thoroughly debunked myth, but it still lingers. Whey protein is also a great post-workout protein due to its fast absorption rate.”

—Mike Matthews is the author of Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body. He has been training for more than a decade and has helped thousands of people lose weight, build muscle, and get healthy.

As reported by Bethany Marzewski.

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