The Importance of Protein In Your Diet
Did you know that your organs, tissues, muscles and hormones are all made from proteins? The protein found in foods is used by every part of the body to develop, grow and function properly. It can be argued that nothing is more important than consuming protein foods, and because proteins are involved in just about every body function, it’s important that you consume foods high in protein every day, during every meal to prevent protein deficiency, which can wreak havoc on the body. Not only does it help you maintain and lose weight, but it also works to stabilize your blood sugar levels, improve your ability to learn and concentrate, reduce brain fog, boost your energy levels, support your muscles and bones and support the absorption of important nutrients.
Many people make the mistake of trying diets that involve calorie counting and deprivation. On a high-protein diet, you will feel completely satiated after eating, and you won’t have to deal with the blood sugar highs and lows that lead to cravings and moodiness. You’ll be surprised to see how many foods you can eat on a high-protein diet. Protein comes from a variety of sources, including grass fed beef, fish, organic chicken, eggs and if you're vegan, you have choices such as beans, legumes, broccoli and nut butters. When proteins are digested, they leave behind amino acids, which the human body needs.
Unlike carbohydrates and fat, your body does not store protein, so it has no reservoir to draw from when you’re running low. Protein bars and shakes are a great way to supplement your diet to ensure you’re getting the right amount of protein.
Here are some reasons why the proper amount of protein is essential for weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight.
1. PROTEIN FORMS THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF MUSCLES.
Therefore, it seems logical that eating more protein would help you build more of them. Eating plenty of protein can help increase muscle mass and strength. If you're physically active, lifting weights, or trying to gain muscle and strength, then you need to make sure that you're getting enough protein.
2. REDUCED APPETITE, CRAVINGS AND HUNGER.
High-protein diets are known for their fat-reducing benefits. One reason they work is that eating a lot of protein reduces hunger. Protein is filling and when people eat more of it they are more quickly satisfied and eat fewer calories. A study discovered that for every 1 percent increase in protein intake, people naturally decrease their calorie intake by between 32 and 51 calories daily.
3. IT FUELS FAT BURNING.
It may be surprising, but it is a scientific fact that your body cannot effectively burn and use fat as energy are losing weight, your body loses both muscle and fat. During this process it is especially important that you continue to eat enough protein in your diet. Having adequate protein coming in from your food fuels fat burning while preserving calorie-burning lean muscle.
4. STRONGER TENDONS AND FASTER RECOVERY FROM INJURY.
Tendons benefit in the same way that muscle does from a high-protein intake. Greater protein synthesis accelerates the repair of tissue and strengthens connective tissue for less risk of injury. In addition, a higher essential amino acid intake will prevent muscle atrophy due to immobilization if you are restricted from training, and this has also been found to decrease the time it takes to recover original strength levels after an injury.
If you're wondering how much protein you need to take, an active person will generally need anywhere from .8 to 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight.
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