Protein Links to Increase In Testosterone
You’ve heard fitness guys talk about protein, right? “Man, you need protein to bulk up and build muscle!” Yes, protein does help build muscle but that’s only one of its many benefits. Studies show that our bodies resist building new muscle after age 50. (Today’s Dietitian) Consuming the optimal level of protein in addition to weight-resistance physical exercise can help protect your body from muscle loss into your 50s, 60s, and beyond.
So, does that mean you just need to add more red meat into your diet? Not if you want to stay on your cardiologist’s good side! How do you put the right amount and kind of protein into your diet to keep your muscles strong and full as a man in his 50s or 60s? Let’s take a look at a variety of protein-rich foods that aren’t terrible to your taste.
Protein-heavy foods for middle-aged men
You’re not eighteen anymore. You’ve accepted that fact, which means two quarter-pounders of McDonald’s beef with all the fixings isn’t the best protein to pack your diet. You need protein that’s lean, full, and healthy for your entire body. Here are several protein-packed foods that are perfect for middle-aged men:
- Sockeye salmon – Wild salmon, namely sockeye salmon, tastes better than farmed salmon and has approximately 25 percent more protein. The added benefit of fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids are great for your heart and kidneys as well.
- Greek yogurt – a little thicker in consistency than regular yogurt but packed with as much as 23 grams of protein in one eight-ounce serving.
- Navy beans – One cup of navy beans can contain as much as 20 grams of protein.
- Chicken or turkey breast – A three-ounce serving of chicken breast meat can have up to 24 grams of protein, as much as a three-ounce serving of top-round steak!
- Peanut butter – Swap out sugar-packed jelly for protein-rich peanut butter on your toast. Two tablespoons’ worth of peanut butter will give you about 8 ounces worth of protein.
As always, talk with your primary care physician before making significant changes to your diet. Adding in a healthy source of protein can give your body the fuel it needs to support your weight exercises and stay strong and fit well into your 50s and beyond.
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