Protein Guide For Men Who Want Six Pack Abs
If I told you to think of Brad Pitt, Channing Tatum, Jason Statham and Ryan Reynolds… What comes to mind? Of course the obvious – they’re celebrities, whom women flock to and would probably leave you for in a flash. Why, though? Sure, fame is an attention grabber, but they’d probably think twice if it were Seth Rogen or John Goodman. I think the answer is obvious….
These guys are in top shape. They could all be idiots but most women would readily jump these men just for a chance to get their hands on their ripped bodies. And I know what you’re thinking – they’re rich, they have personal chefs and trainers and I could never afford to eat or exercise like they do…. But those same excuses are the exactly the thing keeping you from getting your own incredible physique.
Luckily for you, I’m going to give the fitness knowledge I’ve learned. Hopefully, this can help you finally find that dream girl.
What Is Protein?
Protein is one of the three macronutrients your body needs. It’s made up of AMINO ACIDS – which you may be familiar with as a supplement. Protein makes up half of our dry body weight and it’s necessary to help with tons of essential bodily functions – but for our purposes, we’re focusing on improving the way we look.
Even though you may have heard protein is great for weight loss, let it be known that you CAN overeat when it comes to protein – so don’t just think you can go out and chug an entire canister of protein powder and end up with six pack abs …. It doesn’t work that way. Protein, like the two other macronutrients (carbs and fats) has a caloric value – that means it can provide the body with energy. So, once your body has used the protein to repair muscle and assist with other bodily functions, the rest will be stored for later…as fat…Fat that can accumulate on top of and hide your six pack abs.
Listen, our bodies are efficient machines and they’re not just going to waste what’s put in them. Instead they save it for later…in this case as fat.
How Much Protein Do I Need?
Now everyone is a bit different, so I would consult with a nutritionist regarding specific amounts of protein you would need for your build and body type
PERSONALLY, I have used the rule of thumb of having 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight and that method has been successful for myself.
Another great way to make it easier on yourself, you can get a favorable amount of protein per meal with a serving the size of your palm or a little bigger.
Now don’t go off a cliff here and think you can get all your protein from fried chicken and bacon. While it IS delicious, these options are NOT lean, healthy sources of protein. Sure, they HAVE protein in it, but you’re getting a ton of unhealthy fats going along with it.
Foods like cod, flounder, halibut, shrimp, lean beef/steak, chicken, turkey, low-fat greek yogurt, cottage cheese, egg whites and scallops are high in protein. These are all great choices because they are low in bad fats and calories – the body is designed to be able to readily absorb the majority of the protein from these sources. Try to stay away from breaded or fried options though, as that can unnecessarily increase your calorie content.
Now that you know why protein is so important, where to get it and how much you need, make sure to have it in each major meal of the day. Use the hand-portion reference guide (above) for an easy way to ensure you have enough and stay tuned for the other two macronutrients that you need to keep an eye on.