The Workout And Beyond: What You Might Not Know About Protein

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Most people who take their training seriously know that protein is vital to muscle performance and development. Protein consumption after a strenuous workout helps keep the body’s net protein balance positive. But recent research suggests that protein may have a bigger impact on health and well being beyond building muscle.

How Protein Supports Muscle Development

When you exercise, you are instructing your body to increase muscle mass. Protein intake furnishes the raw material for this new muscle tissue. If insufficient protein is provided, the muscle mass begins to break down in the absence of fuel to power the recovery and building of muscle tissue.

Timing Is Critical

The time during which the body can be supported with protein intake is finite: dieticians recommend that protein be consumed within an hour of completing your workout – preferably within 30 minutes. Delaying beyond an hour increases your chance of breakdown of muscle tissue.

Precision Nutrition and Protein

Whole food sources of protein are ideal, but the realities of intense workouts and the hectic pace of modern life don’t always allow us to take advantage of whole foods during that critical window following a session.

Engineered food sources offer the critical macronutrients (protein, carbs) that your body needs to recover and gain ground on your fitness goals. Highly portable and easily digestible, precision food sources supply everything you need when you need it.

Carbs And Proteins Are Friends – Really!

While every athlete should be strategic about carbohydrate intake, being spooked of carbs is unwise. Quality precision nutrition sources should include some high glycemic carbs to stimulate an insulin response. The insulin, in addition to helping to convert those carbs to energy, also acts to suppress cortisol and minimize protein breakdown in the muscles.

The Benefits Of Protein Beyond The Workout

Researchers at the University of Cambridge recently concluded a study of the effects of protein on special nerve cells called orexin cells. The study indicates that the chemical these cells produce (orexin/hypocretin) has a direct effect on wakefulness and energy expenditure.

Dr. Denis Burdakov, lead researcher for the study, reports, “Electrical impulses emitted by orexin cells stimulate wakefulness and tell the body to burn calories. We wondered whether dietary nutrients alter those impulses.”

In the course of the study researchers compared the effects various nutrients had on orexin cells. It was discovered that the amino acids in proteins induced the most response in the cells.

While the data is still preliminary, these initial findings suggest that there is some basis to the observation that protein based meals make people more alert than those who consume foods high in carbs. It was also found that glucose blocks orexin cells, but that the amino acids in proteins negate this effect – in short, protein can block sugars in the neural cells that closely affect wakefulness and energy expenditure.

“What is exciting,” says Burdakov, “is to have a rational way to ‘tune’ select brain cells to be more or less active by deciding what food to eat. Not all brain cells are simply turned on by all nutrients. Dietary composition is critical.”

Promax offers high quality, complete protein in a variety of delicious flavors to help ensure your body receives the boost it needs after an intense workout. Each bar contains all 9 amino acids, providing complete protein support. Free of artificial sweeteners, Promax compliments your active lifestyle.

Easy Tips to Help You Lose Weight

Going on a diet can be a daunting event. You don’t want to deprive yourself, but you know that losing weight is best for your health. However, weight loss takes a lot of willpower and careful planning. Even the best protein bar on the market is not going to make you magically lose weight. Here are some things to keep in mind as you embark on your weight loss journey. These tips aren’t exactly science, but they can definitely help you shed some pounds:

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– Movement is the key. With a healthy, well-balanced diet combined with a good exercise plan, you will start seeing results. You don’t have to start with a cross-country run. Instead, start small with a brisk walk around the block, and keep building up until you are ready for that cross-country run.

– Cut down on eating out. If you eat out several times a week, cut it back to only once per week. While you are at it, change your usual meal, too. Instead of ordering that greasy, double cheeseburger, order a grilled chicken breast or some other healthier meal.

– Don’t forget breakfast. This is the time for a small, energizing meal, such as a healthy protein bar, to give your metabolism a boost for the rest of the day. Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day, so don’t forget it.

– Leave the snacks at the store. If you have a craving for something sweet or salty late at night, you are less likely to indulge if it’s not in your home. Avoid buying snacks that aren’t healthy, and you will be much less inclined to eat them. After all, who wants to get out of the house at midnight?

– Quit smoking. If you are a smoker, give up the habit. Some people think that smoking is what helps them stay slim, but the truth is that quitting can make it easier for you to lose weight. Your taste buds improve, things start tasting and smelling better, you are more able to enjoy your food, so you may not be inclined to eat as much because you are feeling more satisfied. Plus, being able to breath while you walk and run is definitely going to help you lose weight.

– Consider yoga. Practicing yoga can help you get your mind and body in tune, which means you will better understand when you are hungry. You will also be able to stop eating when you are full, instead of stuffing yourself.

Losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult. No, it won’t necessarily be easy, but if you use your common sense, follow a sensible diet, and keep these tips in mind, you will reach your ideal weight before you know it. As long as you have the desire to make the changes, and as long as you are willing to keep at it, you will eventually see the results in smaller sizes and a toned, fit body.

To learn more about exercise, eating healthy, and how our protein bars can help you, contact us today at Promax.

 

Protein-licious Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Yogurt

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Yogurt

Who doesn’t love a great-tasting, high protein snack? Next time you need a yummy dessert, try out our #MAXMunchies Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Yogurt Recipe!

Ingredients

½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt
Sliced Almonds, ¼ cup
Half Apple, sliced
1 Promax LS Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Protein Bar
3 Raspberries

Instructions

1. Measure ½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt and pour into bowl or cup of your choosing
2. Dice half of an apple and slice into cubes or thin pieces
3. Cut the Promax LS Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Protein Bar into equal, small pieces
4. Evenly place Apple slices and Promax bar pieces on top of the yogurt
5. Pour Sliced Almonds on top of the Apples and Promax protein bar pieces
6. Top off with 3 Raspberries
7. Mix, indulge and enjoy!

Try out this #MAXMunchies recipe on your own and share your pictures on our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram.

Don’t forget the Promax LS Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Protein Bar to get started!

How to Make Time for Exercise

When you are trying to get into shape, you need more than just the best protein bar on the market. You need physical activity to keep your metabolism working hard to burn calories and rid your body of unwanted pounds. For many people, the problem isn’t lack of motivation; the problem is lack of time. An hour’s worth of exercise every day is the recommended amount, and it can be hard to find that kind of free time with today’s busy lifestyles. Here are some ways you can get your daily amount of exercise in smaller chunks — but with the same healthy benefits.

– Find ways to get moving. If you are home alone for the day, or even tending to a small child, you can easily find a few minutes to get in some physical activity. While your baby is napping, you can walk on your treadmill, or go out in the yard for a few laps. Make use of your stairs, too, by walking up and down them for several minutes during the day.

– When you are busy cooking dinner, do a few squats while you are in-between tasks. You can also do push-ups off the countertop. You can even turn on your favorite music, and dance your heart out to burn some calories — and have a little fun!

– If you have kids, play with them! Not only is this a great way to get yourself moving, it’s a great way to keep them moving and enjoying physical activity. Remember — healthy habits are learned, so teach your children to run, jump, climb, ride bikes, shoot hoops, etc.

– If possible, walk to work every day or at least a few times each week. If your place of employment has an elevator, use the stairs. The more steps you take each day, the better.

– On your lunch break, forget the heavy meals. Instead, opt for a light snack, such as one of our tasty,  protein bars. You will get the nutrients and the energy you need..

The most important thing you can remember is to move. When you can walk instead of drive, do it. When you can take the stairs, use them. Even something as simple as getting up, walking to the TV, and adjusting the volume on your own without a remote — all of that counts as exercise.

In addition to moving every chance you get, eating right with lots of fresh veggies and fruits for snacks will help you get your body into shape. Eating several small meals and snacks each day is much better for your metabolism than eating one or two large, heavy meals. Of course, breakfast is still the most important meal of the day, so make sure you kick start your metabolism every morning with something light.

To learn more about proper nutrition and exercise to stay fit and healthy, contact us at Promax.

 

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The Secret To Fulfilling Those New Year’s Workout Resolutions

For many of us, no matter how devoted we are to our routines, when the holidays come around we can’t help having that extra slice of turkey or ham. And while rich foods help to make the season bright, they inevitably fuel the urgency of our New Year’s resolutions.

Now that 2014 is behind us and a bright, shiny 2015 ahead, it’s time to fulfill those resolutions. But before you hit the treadmill, however, a little planning can ensure your workouts are more productive.

Not All Nutrition Is The Same
Most of us know that not all food is the same. Nutritionists tell us the optimal means of achieving good health and wellness is through whole food sources – that we should have a balance of fruits, vegetables, protein (lean animal or vegan), and healthy fats.

Engineered foods, on the other hand, are alternative sources of nourishment either intended for times when whole food sources are unavailable, or when there is a need for strategic fuelling.

For those of us serious about a training or fitness regimen, strategic food resources offer an excellent way to help achieve a balanced diet in relation to an active lifestyle.

Strategic Nutrition Is Precision Nutrition
Strategic food sources offer the essential nutrition your body needs specifically in regard to the needs of grueling physical activity and sports training.

Some of the key advantages precision nutrition offers to those who lead an active lifestyle:

  • Digestibility – precision food sources offer the most nutrition while making the processing and absorption of these nutrients easier and more efficient for the body
  • Macronutrient rich – because the human body behaves very differently when active, precision food sources are able to supply the unique needs of bodies engaged in sustained activity

Precision food sources allow you to align your body’s needs when engaged in the stress of serious physical activity. Marrying the ease of digestibility with the nutrients needed to go the distance, precision nutrition allows you to get the maximum in reliable energy support when you need it.

Those Controversial Carbs
Carbs have gotten a lot of negative publicity lately. But the truth is simple: carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient.

Of all the macronutrients – protein, fat, carbs – carbohydrates have a unique and vital place in energy production. Unlike the other macronutrients, carbs can be turned into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the high energy molecule that is the basis of all muscle growth and activity, with or without the presence of oxygen.

Carbs At Rest, Carbs In Motion
In ordinary circumstances, the body makes us of fats and carbs to supply the energy for movement. When at rest, the mix averages about 70% fats and 30% carbs. When the body is active (reflected in an increased heart rate), the intake of carbohydrates increases. During high-intensity exercise, the body uses almost 100% carbs to produce ATP.

As you get ready to hit the gym this January, understanding the way your metabolism responds to the demands you make on it is critical to ensuring its optimal performance. Promax understands that precision nutrition is the key to getting the most from your workout. Available in a wide array of flavors, each bar delivers complete protein – free of gluten and artificial sweeteners.

Promax: precision nutrition for every active lifestyle.
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