Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years you’ll know that protein is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about nutrients in the health and fitness world. With the very word now associated with body builders and health nuts, a lot of people seem to have a skewed understanding of what protein actually is. So when it comes to protein, what are the top myths that experts want you to stop believing?
1. Protein isn’t for everybody
A lot of people seem to believe that because they are not a bodybuilder, they don’t need to worry about protein. However the truth is that our body relies on protein for a number of important functions. “Protein is an essential nutrient in your diet. Not only does the body need protein for muscle development, maintaining muscle and repairing muscle tissue, it also helps to reduce muscle breakdown,” says Iyia Liu, Director of LUXE Fitness.
No matter what your lifestyle is like, Liu says that every person needs to achieve a good protein intake to support their normal bodily functions. “Hair and nails are mostly made of protein, you need it to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals,” says Liu. “It is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood too.”
2. Protein supplements will make you look overly muscular
Think protein powder and what comes to mind? Most likely images of very muscular men who spend their days pumping iron. Because body builders are commonly associated with high protein diets, many women are led to believe that drinking protein shakes after training will make them look bulky or very muscular. However according to Liu, it takes a lot more than a protein shake to develop that kind of muscle. “This is one of the myths of consuming protein powder,” Liu says. “It takes lots and LOTS of weight training and testosterone to develop a bulky figure. Even men struggle!”