When you get down and dirty in the gym and get your fight drills and cardio on, the intensity generated during MMA workouts will often go through your pre-workout carbs long before the session is over. Once that happens, your body will likely turn to your lean muscle tissue and break it down for energy. Not good.
Given that losing lean muscle tissue will make you weaker, this is the last thing any MMAer wants. But, there’s an easy solution … replenish that protein as soon as possible after the workout and get yourself back on the right track. The sooner you feed that muscle tissue, the better and faster you’ll recover.
The great thing about whey protein is that it is one of the best sources of protein that you can ingest. One measure of the quality of a particular protein source is referred to as the “Protein Efficiency Ratio”, often referred to as “PER.”
The PER compares the amino acid makeup of your body’s own lean muscle tissue and does a side-by-side comparison of the amino acids contained in the particular protein being measured. The closer the amino acid profile matches, the higher the PER as your body will accept, assimilate, absorb and use a protein that most closely matches its own.
Whey protein weighed in with a stellar 3.2 rating on a scale of four, besting virtually every protein source except egg protein. Another measure of protein quality, referred to as “biological value”, showed that whey protein scored higher than all other proteins.
There are many great tasting, easy to mix whey proteins on the market now, so make sure to get some in your system when the session is over, especially if you are not going to be able to eat right away.
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