Protein is a much talked about subject in the world of fitness. But whether you’re a fitness fanatic or an office, desk, chair, sit for 8hours kind of person how much protein you get in your diet is still just as important. A lot of us think that we get enough but nothing could be farther from the truth. Based on your height to weight ratio, you would need to calculate how much your body actually needs because after all protein is a “macronutrient,” meaning that you need relatively large amounts to stay healthy. Unlike carbohydrates and fat, your body does not store protein, so it has no reservoir to draw from when you are running low. Here are four good reasons why you should be getting your protein on:
- Protein a component of every cell in your body. In fact, hair and nails are mostly made of protein.
- Your body uses protein to build and repair tissue.
- You need it to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.
- It is an important building block of bones, Muscles, cartilage, skin and blood.
Protein comes from a variety of sources so whether you are a pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan or meat and potatoes type person, you won’t be short on your protein intake. You just need to know the right kinds that fit you and your daily lifestyle.
Great Protein Sources
When you think of good sources of protein, images of steak, chicken breasts, tofu or raw eggs may come to mind. However, there are many surprisingly good sources of protein in the grocery store that you can use to easily get Protein grams at every meal. For example:
- Cottage Cheese
- Greek yoghurt
- Lean red meats
- Lean white meats
- Fish (All types)
- Beans and Legumes
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Nuts and nut butters
- Protein Supplements
This is just some of the main proteins that is readily available to you but in all honesty, the list is endless.
Benefits of a Protein-Enriched Diet
Consuming protein-rich foods has many benefits, including:
- Speedy recovery after exercise
- Reduces muscle loss
- Builds lean muscle
- Helps you maintain a healthy weight
- Curbs your hunger
When Proteins are digested, they leave behind amino acids which the human body needs to break down foods. Protein helps us synthesize enzymes, hormones and important cellular structures. It also helps us with fluid balance and with building antibodies that guard against infection.
As I said before, without proper protein we wouldn’t survive.