Eating an adequate amount of protein is KEY to seeing results.
Proteins are the main building blocks of your body. They’re used to make muscles, tendons, organs, and skin, as well as enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, and various molecules.
Eating an adequate amount of protein is KEY to building muscle and adhering to your diet.
Proteins are fundamental in facilitating tissue growth (ahem! MUSCLE!) and can also be used as a fuel source for the body. You will find proteins in EVERY cell of our bodies-hair, skin, nails, muscle, etc. They help to carry out many necessary reactions such as muscle contraction, digestion, nervous system function, and more! So…pretty darn important.
HIGH PROTEIN FOOD IDEAS:
- 1 egg +1/2 c egg whites 19g
- 2 c spinach 2g
- 4 oz deli turkey 22g
- 1 scoop protein powder 20g
- 6 oz chicken 39g
- 1/2 c edamame 8g
- 2 TBS hemp hearts 10g
- 3 oz beef jerky 27g
- 1/2 cup cottage 12g
- 1 cup cooked lentils 18g
Why is protein so important?
A high protein intake boosts metabolism, reduces appetite, and changes several weight-regulating hormones. One study in overweight men showed that increasing protein to 25% of calories reduced cravings by 60% and the desire to snack at night by half. (1)
Studies show that protein is by far the most filling. It helps you feel more full — with less food. (2)