In my recent posts we talked about the need to cut calories for weight loss(never below 1,200 per day)and the need to rev up our metabolism to enable our bodies to burn more calories, using the foods we eat.Today we will reveiw using protein to gain muscle, which in turn will burn more calories.It’s a well known fact that the more muscle on your body,the more calories and fat you will burn,even at rest!
Protein’s Crucial Role in Your Body
Protein plays a crucial role in the growth and repair of almost every part of your body,from hair to nails to skin and muscle.In fact without the proper amount of protein intake, your body cannot even maintain the muscle it has.
Protein Intake for Weight Loss
Until recent years, you didn’t really hear of protein in the weight loss arena.Aside from body builders and athletes,not many knew the benefits of protein.Then came the high protein,low carb diet fad.Or was it? Unlike the many fad and gimmick diets around these days, this one is actually supported by scientific research and real world results. Whether your specific goal is weight loss, building muscle, maintaining muscle while losing fat, or just recovering better from your workouts, the high protein diet is definitely ideal for you.Simply put, no matter what your goals are, EVERYONE can benefit from eating a high protein diet consisting of various high protein foods.
In addition to usually being low in calories, high protein foods are also some of the most filling foods there are. Of the 3 macronutrients that provide our daily calories (protein, carbs and fat), research shows that protein is the most filling of them all. Which means, a high protein diet is key to keeping you full and satisfied, and keeping your hunger under control.
There are still more benefits. Besides being the most filling, protein is also the nutrient that burns the most calories while being digested. You see, everything we eat causes calories to be burned during digestion. Protein just burns significantly more than everything else.
While most identify protein with weight lifting or body building it is clear to see that protein has many health benefits!
In What Foods Do You Find All This Protein?
I’m sure by now you can see the benefits of a high protein diet,but you are probably wondering, which foods are the best source?Well here we have a list for you:
*Skinless Chicken Breast,Lean Beef,Turkey,Pork,Veal,Fish,Eggs and Egg Whites,Beans,Milk,Cheese,Nuts,Soybeans,Supplements*
I’m sure there are many more out there but these are probably the most popular.
How Much Protein Do You Need
Now you are probably wondering how much protein you need to intake every day to make a difference.Well there does seem to be some difference in opinion between experts,it’s falls between 0.8 to 1.3 grams of protein per pound of body weight,as a rule of thumb I generally go with 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight.For example I weigh 185 lbs.,so I would need 185 grams per day.I know that sounds like a lot,but introduce over a week or two,not all at once and it won’t seem like a huge difference.
The use of Supplements
The best way I have found to get my protein in every day is by using a protein powder supplement,mixed with water instead of milk,as to not add extra calories.
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