Protein! It helps you lose weight, prevents you from gaining weight, and it makes it easier for you to stick to your weight loss goals.
Proteins are the main building blocks of the body. They’re used to make muscles, tendons, organs and skin. Proteins are also used to make enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters and various tiny molecules that serve important functions.
Protein is not just about quantity. It’s also about quality. Generally speaking, animal protein provides all the essential amino acids in the right ratio for us to make full use of them (only makes sense, since animal tissues are similar to our own tissues). If you’re eating animal products every day, then you’re probably already doing pretty well, protein-wise.
If you don’t eat animal foods, protein supplements are a great alternative. A good way to efficiently raise your protein intake is by drinking protein shakes or eating protein bars.
How much protein should I consume? When in doubt, the old standby recommendation of “1 gram of protein per pound of body weight” which has been around the fitness world for decades is a fine middle-of-the-road protein intake for most people.
Here’s a list of additional foods that are good sources of protein….
- Chicken (skinless)
- Turkey (skinless)
- Fish (all kinds)
- Beef (leaner cuts)
- Pork (leaner cuts)
- Whole Eggs
- Egg Whites
- Protein Supplements (whey protein powder, casein protein powder, protein bars, etc.)
- Beans (all kinds)
- Nuts (all kinds)
If you’re on the go and don’t have a lot of time to prep meals always think: protein bars, protein shakes and nuts!
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