A NUMBER OF KEY CONSIDERATIONS EXIST REGARDING PROTEIN, INCLUDING OVERT REQUIREMENTS, QUALITY, AND DOSING. IN ADDITION, ATHLETES AND RESEARCHERS HAVE CLOSELY EXAMINED THE IMPACT OF PROTEIN AND NUTRIENT TIMING ON ACUTE AND PROLONGED ADAPTATIONS TO DIFFERENT TYPES OF EXERCISE WITH MIXED RESULTS. THE PATTERN OF MEAL AND PROTEIN CONSUMPTION SEEMS TO EXERT AN IMPACT ON CHANGES RELATED TO HEALTH, BODY COMPOSITION, AND MUSCLE PROTEIN SYNTHESIS. PROTEIN IS A KEY NUTRIENT FOR INDIVIDUALS LOOKING TO LOSE WEIGHT, REDUCE THEIR BODY FAT, AND IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH. FINALLY, PROTEIN INTAKE CONTINUES TO BE A KEY VARIABLE FOR ATHLETES LOOKING TO GAIN STRENGTH, POWER, AND FAT-FREE MASS.
1Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and
2Department of Exercise Science, School of Sport, Recreation and Exercise Sciences, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.
COLUMN EDITOR: Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS
Kurt A. Escobaris a doctoral student and teaching assistant in the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences at the University of New Mexico.
Trisha A. McLainis currently a PhD student in the Health, Exercise, and Sports Science Department at the University of New Mexico.
Chad M. Kerksickis currently an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science in the Exercise Science department in the School of Sport, Recreation and Exercise Sciences at Lindenwood University.