All about Protein
Muscle tissue is made up primarily of protein. To repair muscle damage after an intensive workout, your body needs to replenish itself to rebuild muscle tissue. Want to know more?
A lot of foods naturally contain protein – like chicken, yoghurt, eggs, nuts, tofu, legumes, pasta, rice and bread. Your body converts protein from food in your stomach and intestines into amino acids, which your body then absorbs through the gut. These amino acids become the building blocks your body uses to make new proteins for things like muscles.
In this short video, we explain briefly what proteins are.
How much protein do you need?
How much protein does an athlete need?
- Inactive person: 0.8g of protein per kg of body weight
- Endurance athlete (e.g. running, cycling, triathlon, marathon): 1.2-1.6g of protein per kg of body weight
- Power athlete (e.g. powerlifting, bodybuilding, crossfit): 1.5-2.0g of protein per kg of body weight
20g of protein immediately after workout
Research has shown that your muscles have the most capacity for recovery within two hours after an intensive workout. The recommended amount is 20g of protein immediately after your workout and preferably within 30 minutes. That’s why a Vifit Sport High Protein bar, drink or shake is ideal to give your muscles that protein boost right after working out.
To learn more about when to take your 20g of protein, watch this video.