Remember those old-time Dr. Pepper commercials?
They’d urge you to drink the stuff three times a day — at 10, 2, and 4 — to give you a lift when your energy’s low. They even put 10, 2, and 4 on the bottles and caps, just to remind you of when you were “due” for a Dr. Pepper.
I hope you didn’t follow that advice.
Drinking Dr. Pepper three times a day would probably KILL you, not perk you up!
But there IS something else you need three times a day — and it’s not a soda or any kind of sugar at all.
It’s PROTEIN! And new research shows how it’s not enough to just get enough.
Confused? Don’t be. The deal with protein is that your muscles need it almost in the way your lungs need oxygen.
Just like you can’t get a day’s supply of oxygen in one breath, you can’t get all your protein at one meal.
And if you do, most of it’ll go to waste.
The study compared older folks who ate most of their protein at dinner, which is pretty typical these days, to those who got their protein spread out at all three squares.
These were folks in their 60s, 70s, and 80s — so, over three years, ALL of them got a little weaker, as you might expect.
But the ones who had their protein only at dinner were fading faster than a Hollywood romance. They got MUCH weaker.
The folks with the split protein plan, on the other hand, lost much less of their strength over that time.
This isn’t just a matter of pride on the line.
If you stay strong, you’re better able to take care of yourself, less likely to face injury, and more likely to recover if you do get hurt.
That’s the key to keeping your independence.
Getting weaker does just the opposite, and it’s not just humiliating when you can’t even open a heavy door at the store.
You could face sarcopenia, a muscle-wasting condition that leads to frailty, nursing homes, and the one place even worse than the nursing home — the graveyard!
If you haven’t been paying close attention to what you eat and when you get it, it’s time to start. Make sure you feed your belly AND your muscles by having protein on the plate at all three of your daily meals.
I’m not done with protein just yet.
Tomorrow, I’m going to have the inside scoop on a top source of protein — and how it can help you in so many ways beyond muscle.
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