Why Endurance Athletes Need Protein Too…


It is a common misconception that only bodybuilders need protein shakes/ supplements because protein shakes are only good for building mass and muscle bulk. In fact, this couldn’t be farther from the truth, dietary protein is needed by everybody and so it is crucial that we get adequate amounts to meet requirements. Bodybuilders often turn to a protein shake to help them meet their elevated protein requirements, whilst endurance athletes all too often neglect the muscle rehab and replenishment phase of training. Maybe this is through fear of gaining too much bulk, or because they place more emphasis on replenishing carbs. Whatever the reason may be, its miss placed. ENDURANCE ATHLETES MUST REPLENISH PROTEIN!

A low carb, low calorie protein that delivers at least 70% whey protein per 100g is ideal, and will not increase overall bulk unless you resistance train by lifting heavy weights etc. Instead, the protein will serve to fix the micro tears in your skeletal muscle caused by the heavy impact nature of running, and to a lesser extent, cycling or swimming.

Why endurance athletes need protein

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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