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Protein and Women

Protein & Women

Women’s nutritional and fitness needs are different. While there are indeed some tough and awesome female bodybuilders going for big muscle gains, most women will have different goals.  

They want to lose fat, gain muscle, and look lean. Compared to men, though, women are more likely to be consuming a less-than-optimal amount. 

 

 

BUILDING LEAN MUSCLE MASS 

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Bodybuilders love protein, but it’s a myth that eating an adequate amount of protein will bulk you up like a heavy lifter.  

Due to this, many women avoid proteins for fear of accumulating unwanted muscle mass. In fact, women do not produce enough testosterone in the body as men do. It is this hormone in men that promotes muscle growth. 

However, a protein powder is essentially a protein-rich food that serves as a food supplement. Women cannot gain as much muscle mass as men by consuming protein, so don’t worry about your protein drink. 

Protein is an essential component of muscles, but the protein you eat will mostly go to work strengthening the muscle mass you already have. Protein in the diet builds lean muscle, the kind of muscle that gives women the bodies many of them crave: slender, tight, and lean. 

 

PROTEIN IS ESSENTIAL FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT 

Trying to lose or maintain weight are common goals for women. Protein is a crucial part of the diet for so many reasons, but especially for women trying to lose weight. Protein keeps you full and satisfied for a longer period of time than carbohydrates because they take longer to digest. 

High protein amounts at breakfast can be particularly useful. It helps to minimise cravings for snacks later in the day and helps you avoid the dreaded mid-afternoon grazing. 

 

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A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM 

Being sick is no fun, and to stay healthy the immune system needs to function properly. This requires protein. Antibodies, key components of the immune system, are proteins. Avoiding the next cold going around feels great but also helps you stick with your workouts. 

 

STRONG AND HEALTHY BONES, HAIR, AND NAILS 

Protein is structural. It provides the basic material for connective tissue, bones, hair, and nails. For women, bone health and density is important, especially as we age. Getting enough protein can keep bones strong and minimize the density loss that comes with aging. It also keeps hair and nails looking healthy and strong.  

And what woman doesn’t want that!