Everybody’s protein requirements differ as it depends on activity level, goals, current body shape/ weight and any existing medical issues. But one of the best ways to determine if you are deficient is to identify common symptoms associated with a less than adequate intake. These include;

 A lack of progress with your fat-loss/body-shaping goals.

Your body uses protein for a huge number of things and unfortunately building muscle is not at the top of its priority list. Therefore, if you do not eat enough, your body will not be capable of building muscle because the little amount it does receive will be needed elsewhere in the body to keep you alive and moving rather than building your guns and glutes.

Slow-healing wounds.

Although vitamin deficiencies are also possible culprits, it is often a lack of protein in the diet that can be the root of this problem.

Frequent injuries.

Recovery after training is crucial to making progress in your next session, exercisers that do not consume enough are at a higher risk of injury.

Frequent illness.

The body’s immune system relies heavily on receiving enough protein to function. If you do not build in enough of this essential nutrient in your diet, your body will not be able to manufacture white blood cells which are used to defend it against invaders such as bacteria and viruses.

So, be sure to eat some form of protein with each and every one of your daily meals and snacks. Great sources include lean red meats, poultry, game meats, seafood, eggs and reputable whey based protein powders. (If you have a question you’d like us to answer in our next edition send us an email at: info@stage.bodytransformationstudio.com.au)