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Eggs and muscle growth

Healthy egg meal

Developing or maintaining muscle is the aim of many fitness routines and isn’t just meant for bodybuilders and professional athletes. Most forms of exercise influence muscle - the effect depends on the type, intensity and frequency of the exercise.

Resistance training combined with adequate protein is particularly important for helping to maintain muscle and keep it strong. There is also evidence that ensuring that adequate protein is eaten at each meal throughout the day is as important as the total amount of protein consumed.

Are eggs good for building muscle?

Muscles need protein to repair and grow. Eggs are rich in high quality protein – supplying all 9 essential amino acids - and are therefore an ideal choice for post-workout nutrition.

The greater your muscle mass, the more calories you burn, even when resting. However, to build muscle mass efficiently, the correct nutrients must be consumed – this is where the introduction of nutrient-dense, high protein foods such as eggs into your diet can be beneficial.

Making the most of your training

Whether you’re trying to build bigger and stronger muscles or are generally aiming to become fitter, your workout can be seriously inhibited by not considering your recovery. Making sure you have adequate rest is vital for both preventing injury and allowing your muscles enough time to rebuild.

For post-workout recovery, protein (along with carbohydrate-rich foods and appropriate fluids) is essential and eggs, as part of a balanced diet, can help provide you with many of the nutrients your body needs to aid muscle recovery.

All information checked by an independent Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian