We don’t always meet our expectations when it comes to training even though we spend a lot of time in the gym. Those who want a fibrous body, with marked muscles, are forced to resort to a series of protein-based products. In this way they will be able to accelerate the process. Despite this, there is a division of opinion as to whether or not to bet on these supplements, as it has not been proven that they are efficient and necessary. A report by the University of Granada reveals that half of the people who go to the gyms take this type of products, while 30% opt for powdered proteins. In addition, some 360,000 athletes take dietary supplements, according to the Survey on Sports Habits in Spain. But we are left with 30% of those who go to the gym take supplements.
Does it affect performance?
Amino acid or protein supplements have not been shown to positively affect athlete performance, according to a study conducted in Canada. There are also differences of opinion on this subject, as some say that thanks to this supplementation increases both muscle mass and strength, so performance will increase in the strength chapter. In endurance exercises, where glycogen is the main fuel, small amounts of protein are recommended to improve glucose metabolism. However, they are still products for those who need them, as they are not designed for those who eat well and carry out a sporting activity. Everything will depend on the sporting goals we set ourselves and the body structure. There is a belief that the only way to gain muscle mass is through protein, but muscle glycogen, creatine and hormones also play a role.
Better in food
Most sports nutritionists say that it will always be better to get protein through food rather than bet on these preparations. In animal products such as eggs and milk we will get the necessary amino acids in the recommended amounts without having to resort to supplements. The maximum consumption of protein is around 0.8g/kg weight/day, which in the case of strength athletes can be extended to 2 g / kg. There are some bodybuilders who ingest more than 30 g/kg and do not achieve better results. Supplements are only recommended for athletes who wish to compete.
The health of our body can be endangered by excessive protein intake, especially with kidney and liver problems if supplements are abused. It is noticed with changes of PH, greater urea, uric acid, etc. The kidney, liver and joints are the main victims. They warn that the risk of contamination is quite high, so they recommend that you never buy them over the Internet and that you always consult a specialized doctor.