ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH PROTEIN?
Jan 11, 2024
By Truett Hanes
Are you getting enough protein?
Protein is an essential macronutrient crucial for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, immune system support, and hormone regulation. Despite its significance, a significant portion of the adult population fails to meet the recommended daily intake of protein. This nutritional gap raises concerns about overall health and well-being.
The recommended daily protein intake varies depending on goals; however, a commonly cited guideline suggests that individuals should aim for approximately 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. This benchmark is particularly relevant for adults engaged in regular physical activity, as their muscles undergo constant stress and repair.
Our diet is failing us
One of the primary reasons behind inadequate protein consumption is the prevalence of modern diets that are often high in refined carbohydrates and fats while lacking sufficient protein-rich sources. Fast-paced lifestyles, convenience-oriented food choices, and a reliance on processed foods further contribute to this imbalance. As a result, many adults find themselves falling short of the protein levels necessary to support optimal health.
Meeting the recommended protein intake is crucial for maintaining muscle mass, especially as individuals age. Skeletal muscle plays a vital role in overall mobility, metabolic health, and disease prevention. Inadequate protein intake can lead to muscle wasting, weakened immune function, and increased susceptibility to injuries. So, are you ready to up your protein intake? Here's how we can help.
Options for the chronically busy
If you're looking for a convenient way to hit protein goals while being on the go, try our performance bars that hold 20g of protein in every bar. Between 4 different flavors, your palate won't grow tired of our best-selling protein bars.
Options for the gym-goer
When putting recovery into the equation after a strenuous workout, ensuring you have enough protein in your diet is paramount to build your muscles back up after recently breaking them down. When you workout, you're actually causing micro-tears in the muscle tissue. Protein is required to repair these micro-tears, so when you get enough protein in your diet, your muscles are actually being built back stronger than before.
A convenient and easy way to make sure you’re hitting your protein goals every day is by way of our Magnum Protein — 23G of protein in each serving and a great way to follow-up a workout. Another quick solution to hitting your protein goals and grabbing a quick meal is our AMMO. With 19g of protein per serving in our tried and true meal replacement, it allows you to get that much closer to the 1 gram of protein per one pound of bodyweight quite easily.
If you're picking up your activity level this season, then you need to increase your protein intake. Gaining strength? Need roughly1 gram per pound of bodyweight. Exercise regularly? Need roughly 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. Athlete? Need roughly 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight.
Individual protein requirements can vary based on factors such as age, sex, activity level, and overall health. If you're unsure about the appropriate amount of protein for your specific goals and circumstances, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or a MTN OPS expert-dietitian. They can provide personalized recommendations based on a thorough assessment of your individual needs and lifestyle.