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Getting Protein Right

Updated: Sep 13, 2020

When you eat enough dietary protein (specifically the amino acid leucine), you trigger mTOR, which begins the process of muscle protein synthesis (MPS).



1. Muscle is Anti-Inflamatorty


"Aging muscles are different (this can start in your 40’s). Sarcopenia is the slow and inevitable age-related decline in skeletal muscle mass. This contributes to the risk of chronic diseases or as a direct predictor of disability. Muscle is the organ of longevity.

It is very easy to lose muscle, contributors include low grade chronic inflammation, injury as well as any kind of disuse to name a few. Don’t add to that with a low protein diet.

Older muscles (and obese muscle) are less responsive to protein and especially to low doses of amino acids, a nutrition plan that has a least 30 grams per meal to generate an anabolic response and likely closer to 40-50 grams to optimize." ~ Gabrielle Lyon, DO ~



2. What is Anabolic Resistance


"Anabolic resistance essentially means skeletal muscle becomes resistant to lower protein diets. Therefore, adequate protein with each meal is key to overcome this efficiency issue. ⠀

When you eat enough dietary protein (specifically the amino acid leucine), you trigger mTOR, which begins the process of muscle protein synthesis.⠀


If you eat inadequate protein at each meal you do not optimize muscle protein synthesis. This destruction of muscle tissue causes the derailment of health. ⠀

Remember your survivability is directly related to the quality and quantity of your muscle tissue.⠀

The research shows that by increasing dietary protein (minimum of 30 grams - roughly 5 oz) ingested at one time the blood level of leucine increases enough to make older muscle tissue respond like younger muscle tissue." ~ Gabrielle Lyon, DO ~


3. How Eating More Protein Will Transform Your Metabolism



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