THE QUEEN (and king) OF YOUR PLATE! LETS TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTEIN
1. THE BUILDING BLOCKS - The human body is made up almost entirely of protein. Second to water it the most abundant and is found in every cell of the body including hair, fingernails, blood, muscles and the lenses of your eye.
2. WHY THE ROYAL TITLE? - Unlike carbs and fats we need to consume protein a daily basis to ensure we get the amino acids we need. Our body needs 22 amino acids to function properly. We can create 13 amino acids by ourselves but we need the remaining 9 to come from our diet, making protein the most essential macronutrient. It digests slower keeping us fuller for longer which helps weight management and our brain needs a constant supply of amino acids for energy & concentration. Also the word ‘protein’ is Greek and it comes from the word ‘proteios’ which means ‘primary’ or ‘first rank’.
3. BIG MUSCLES - People tend to associate protein with body builders and huge muscles but protein can also help you lose body fat. The more muscle you can retain whilst trying to lose weight, the more calories your body will burn, making it a lot easier to achieve your fat loss goals. With the right amount of exercise protein will help repair and build up muscle mass and strength which we all need for a strong & healthy body. A huge misconception is increasing protein in your diet will instantly make you bulky and muscly, IT WILL NOT!! It is incredibly hard work for your body to 'bulk' and lay down muscle tissue.
4. HOW MUCH PROTEIN? - 1 gram of Protein = 4 calories. We should aim for a daily protein intake between 1.6 and 2.2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight and this changes through our lifetime. NOTE : 100g of steak or fish DOES NOT equal 100g of protein. For example; 100g of tuna contains only 30g of protein. Interesting!!
5. FOR VEGETARIANS - eating animal protein is guaranteed to meet your daily protein requirements but can just as easily satisfy your protein needs from such high protein foods as Quinoa, Buckwheat, Chia Seed, Spirulina, Tofu, Nuts, Seeds, Legumes, Grains, Vegetables - heaps of choice.
BONUS FACT - There is a protein in the body called SONIC HEDGEHOG PROTEIN. I kid you not!
It plays its part in cell development & cell specialisation.
Protein is crucial in our diet. During our Healthy Social biteSIZE program one thing that pops up every time is the lack of protein in clients day to day diet and how hard some people find it to consume the RDA of protein. Protein Powder (a dirty word for some) is actually a very safe and very effective way of getting extra protein daily. Protein should be what your meals are based around...so keep in mind how much & the quality of protein you are consuming at meal times.
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