http://www.nutrishopchico.com/index.php ... of-proteinNo, your body doesn't break down its own muscle to feed its own muscle. That's silly.
Even if you feel you aren't getting enough protein, still work out. Your muscles will still repair themselves and grow.
Ummmmmm....Are you sure?Let me explain how this works:
Contrary to popular belief, you do not build muscle when you workout. When you lift weights, you are actually breaking down your muscle tissue. Immediately after working out, your body begins to repair and recover. It does this by taking protein and breaking it down into individual amino acids, then reconfiguring them and placing them wherever they need to go. Instead of just rebuilding your muscle back to normal, your body super-compensates. That means you will be gaining muscle. This is what happens if you have enough protein in your system. On the other hand, if you don't have enough protein, your body goes into a catabolic state.
Unfortunately, the catabolic state is what happens to most people. In this situation, your body does not have enough protein to rebuild, so it begins to break down your existing muscle to repair what was broken down in the gym. Obviously, this is not productive. It is also the reason why so many people don't get the results they want and get disillusioned with working out. Fortunately, you can avoid this common mistake by simply taking in an adequate amount of protein each and every day.
Neo-dragon: I think that may be okay with certain body types, but not mine. I've been working out for a while now. I used to do a ton of pushups and other stuff back 9thgrade and 8th grade. Sophmore and Junior year, we worked out almost every other day during Track season.
My Senior year, I've worked out a lot on the days that I don't have a 6th or 7th period, which is 3 out of the 5 days of every school week.
My point is: I haven't gotten the results that I've worked for. Yet, I've been doing everything, and eating the average amount I usually do.
What I never tried to do was to take precious care that I get a significant amount of protein, after working out. I never cared for working on getting a huge amount of calories or protein... and simply working out hasn't worked.
So, I think I'm going to give it a try. I think I'm going to focus on the science of it, so that I just don't continue to blindly workout and keep getting weak results.