Why is everyone always telling us to eat more protein? How much do you need? And where are the best places to get protein? Let me show you
Firstly, What is Protein?
Protein is a Macronutrient found mostly in meat, poultry, seafood, nuts, and dairy
Its role in the body is to repair and rebuild muscle tissue
Protein is essential for:
Repairing muscles and body tissue
Building and shaping muscle
Increasing our metabolism
Filling us up for long periods of time
WHY IS PROTEIN SO IMPORTANT?
Protein is broken down by the body and delivered to the muscle cells, which in turn speeds up our metabolism
A stronger body burns more calories. So by actively weight training on a regular basis and eating a high protein diet, you can really ignite on your metabolism
For someone who's trying to lose weight, protein is also incredibly important as it keeps you filled up for a long time
A 2014 study compared high-protein yoghurt, high-fat crackers and chocolate as midday snacks
The study proved that the women who ate the high-protein snack were far less hungry come afternoon and also ate less at dinner compared to the women who snacked on crackers or chocolate
Cool huh! So if you feel you get "snacky", it's quite possible that you're not eating enough protein
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PROTEIN AND EXERCISE
The goal of an effective training session is to break down the muscles cells so they come back stronger and more toned
As we now know, protein is essential for our muscle's recovery process
So after a training session, it's a good idea to get a small hit of protein into your diet
This way your body can start actively recovering the muscle cells as soon as possible
As long as your training intensity continues to get tougher and tougher and you're keeping your protein levels are consistently at a good level, you'll be genuinely amazed how quickly you'll start to see results
However, I don't want you to lose sleep if you don't have a shake directly after a workout
Just aim to have some form of protein with every single meal and you'll still make amazing results
SO WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON'T EAT ENOUGH PROTEIN?
Unlike fat and carbs, our bodies can't store protein
This means we have to keep topping our levels up every day
I always think it's a little bit like watering a plant
A couple of days forgetting to water it won't do it much harm but give it a week and that poor plants going to be drooping and wilting all over your desk like nobody's business
To keep it brilliantly green and strong it's going to need daily water
Just like our bodies with protein
Now, if our bodies aren't receiving enough protein it has no choice but to start breaking down muscle tissue to reuse as protein
I mean, this is seriously clever, but it's not really helping out fitness goals huh!
So we need to make sure we're consuming high levels of protein with every meal
BUT.. How much do we need a day??
THE BIG QUESTION; HOW MUCH PROTEIN DO YOU NEED A DAY?
A rough rule of thumb I like to go with is: 1.5 grams per kilo of body weight
So a 75kg person would need around 112 grams of protein a day
This at first might sound like a lot of protein, but once you break it down to 30g per meal and then one protein shake a day, it's very manageable
To make life super easy for you, here's a high protein list for you
Protein is such an essential component of a good transformation and a healthier body
As well as keeping you feeling full and therefore reducing your daily calorie intake
It's also vital for our muscles to recover after a workout, helping us build strong muscles and increasing our metabolisms
So make a conscious effort everyday to up your protein content and you'll be amazed at the results
Refer to the last paragraph to know how much you should be eating and what the best sources are!
Thanks for reading,
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