“Protein, Do I really need it?”

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One question I get asked regularly by my clients is, “Should I supplement my diet with protein?” From my experience and education as a personal trainer I can’t give a direct answer as to whether or not people should be taking protein as supplement. There’s a bigger question at hand and that’s “What are my reasons for taking protein as a supplement to my diet?”

Most of us, being Canadian, do not need to supplement our bodies with extra protein, the reason being that the average Canadian gets more protein than is needed by competitive athletes and professional bodybuilders. The maximum recommended daily allotment (RDA) for an adult competitive athlete is 2.0g of protein per kg of body mass, while the average Joe’s recommended RDA is only 0.8g per kg of body mass. Taking this fact that the average person is eating more than they need in protein then the answer should logically be no, however, it’s not that simple.

I personally do take a protein supplement myself despite the noted fact I’ve just been rambling about. Why? One of my personal goals is to gain a little extra lean body mass. I find it difficult to get in extra calories though natural foods. To get the extra calories that I require I use a protein powder in a shake mixed with fruits and milk to get a good balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. 

So there you have it. I can’t give you a straight up answer but hopefully from the information I’ve given you perhaps you’d be able to make your own informed decision on whether or not to use the protein powder as a supplement to your diet.

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