Do you need protein supplements to get ripped?
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Many people spend hours in the gym every week and fill up on
protein supplements in the quest for a ripped physique, but could
all that hard work and money spent on sweet tasting powder be in
According to a University of Queensland physiology and nutrition
expert, expensive supplements may be nothing more than a waste of
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences researcher
Dr David Jenkins argues that more protein doesn't necessarily mean
"Because muscles are made of protein, there's a misconception
that if you eat more protein you get more muscle," Dr Jenkins
youneed protein supplements to get ripped?
"In principle this is true, but there are two
considerations that over-ride this."
"Provided you eat a healthy and balanced diet, you consume far
more protein than you actually need.
"Any extra protein we consume is probably not going to have any
Dr Jenkins said timing meals around workouts was important for
"Having 20 grams of high quality protein that includes leucine
and the other essential amino acids immediately before or after
exercise will promote muscle growth and repair."
He said whey protein, marketed as being the best work out
supplement, tended to have higher amount of leucine and the other
essential amino acids.
"However there is no long term evidence that expensive
supplements from the shop are any better than just drinking
flavoured milk," Dr Jenkins said.
"Provided a food source has the essential amino acids and the
timing of intake is carefully considered, this will provide the
right environment for muscle growth."
Stay tuned for Dr David Jenkins explaining diet, exercise and
weight loss on the next episode of Science
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