Maintain Muscle by Timing Protein Intake

At which meal of the day do you eat the most protein?  If you eat it in roughly equal amounts across breakfast, lunch, and dinner, your body may be better equipped to maintain muscle mass with each coming year. New research from the University of Birmingham has reinforced the idea that protein timing can support your healthspan, along with the amount and types of protein-rich foods you eat. Most people eat protein fairly unevenly throughout the day, especially busy professionals who might rush through breakfast and lunch. Consider this:

  • After age 30, adults lose about 3-8% of muscle mass per decade, often leading to greater weakness, less motility, and higher risk of injury.

  • To produce new muscle efficiently, the body's muscle-building mechanisms need to be stimulated regularly, which happens when you eat protein.

  • These mechanisms are less efficient in older people, so they need to eat more protein to get the same response as younger people.

  • Eating high-quality proteins consistently throughout the day will stimulate these metabolic processes and give your body the building blocks it needs to make muscle.

As a reminder, your recommended protein intake and types of foods are listed in your Apeiron Life nutrition program. If you have questions, reach out to your Apeiron Life expert anytime.

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