Pump iron, focus on protein for results

Combining both strategies brings benefits for those over 40, one school of thought suggests

Especially for people over the age of 40, researchers found that protein consumption significantly boosts the effects of lifting weights.
Especially for people over the age of 40, researchers found that protein consumption significantly boosts the effects of lifting weights.

NEW YORK • People who would like to become physically stronger should start with weight training and add protein to their diets, according to a comprehensive scientific review of research.

The review finds that eating more protein, well past the amounts recommended, can significantly augment the effects of lifting weights, especially for people past the age of 40.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 25, 2018, with the headline 'Pump iron, focus on protein for results'. Subscribe