Proteins are like most other foods in that there’s good and there’s bad, and sometimes one overshadows the other. In truth, in order to make the most of the protein you eat, and in order to keep the negative side of the nutrient down, you must keep in mind a few rules. Otherwise you’re looking at an extremely unhealthy diet, with weight gain and a higher susceptibility for disease. So, pay attention to make sure that you don’t make one of these protein mistakes.

You Eat Only One Kind

We know how it is – you who aren’t really meat lovers will stick to the one meat you can tolerate, and you eat it every day because you have to. Chicken, for example: Grilled chicken salad for lunch, and baked chicken for dinner. In the quickest and least painful way possible, you got your protein requirement in for the day, right? Wrong. A complete protein is one that provides all nine amino acids, and these proteins are the best for top notch health. In other words, you’re not doing yourself any favors by only getting 4 or 5 out of all 9 amino acids. The best way to ensure you get as many of those 9 as possible on a regular basis is to vary the different kinds you eat. Eat chicken one night, eat fish the next, eat red meat the next.

Buying Whey Protein Powders

Your work outs center around building muscle mass, and you want to increase that likelihood, so you head to the nearest GNC to stock up on whey protein powder. Honestly? It’s a waste of money, and counter productive for you. Whey is a dairy derivative and the powder is packed with chemicals and artificial ingredients, increasing the likelihood for inflammation and bloating in the belly. Opt instead for rice powder, which will be just as effective and less harmful if you workout frequently.

Eating Protein at One Meal

In order to maintain a high metabolism, you really need to be eating protein throughout the day. Eating it all at one time doesn’t do much to help you, whereas spacing it out through the day will ensure that your body can actually absorb and use it all as needed. Your body has to work harder to break down protein than it does to break down other foods, so you’ll be burning more calories throughout the day. One other benefit? You’ll remain fuller for longer if you include protein in every meal, meaning you’ll eat less junk overall.

Eating Too Much Post Workout

More doesn’t always mean better, as many body builders often trend toward. Beyond a certain extent, your body will actually begin to store excess protein as fat, which is the opposite of what you’re wanting to do. Aim for 20 grams of protein about 30 minutes after leaving the gym, if you’re of average weight and size.

It’s all too common for us to act on hearsay and assumption when it comes to dieting habits, so it’s great to know what mistakes you could be making that are working against you in your weight loss and muscle building goals.

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