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SF 0012: How Much Protein Does My Athlete Need?

How Much Protein Does My Athlete Need?

 

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The Question:

I would like to learn a proper diet to ensure my athlete is getting protein to allow her to keep up.

The Answer:

Hello again! Welcome to the Stay Fueled Podcast! My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge. I’m the founder of Stay Fueled. Today, we have a question from Mackenzie, and this is her question, “I would like to learn a proper diet to ensure my athlete is getting protein to allow her to keep up.”

Yeah. Great question, Mackenzie. Here’s the deal. Protein is very, very important. It is. Our muscles need it, our cells need it, but so are carbs and fats. Carbs and fats are critical. And for young athletes, getting enough carbs is probably the most important thing that they can do because carbs are going to increase that caloric intake, it’s going to give them energy and it’s going to protect them. They need carbs for recovery. Carbs are probably the most important thing for recovery because we got to fill those muscles back up with energy and the brain needs energy after a hard workout. So protein is very important and we want to make sure athletes get enough protein, but we don’t want to neglect the other components of our diet.

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