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The Importance of Protein

Written by Dana Yarn, RDLD

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Why do most fitness and nutrition experts say you need more protein in your diet?

The answer is simple...PROTEIN WILL GIVE YOU RESULTS! Lean protein keeps you feeling full for a long period of time and it helps to build and repair muscle mass (think firm mid-section).

Further, your body will burn more calories digesting protein compared to metabolizing carbs and fat, which are easier to break down. This concept is called the thermo genic effect of food.

It’s a no-brainer; eating protein at each meal and snack will burn more calories AND you will not get hungry as quickly (reduced cravings!).

Now… do not get carried away! A woman can only absorb 25-35 grams of protein in one sitting, and a man can only absorb 30-40 grams in one sitting. Aim for .7-1.0 grams of protein per pound of your lean body weight. (Example: you are 160lbs. at 30% body fat you would consume 78-112g or protein per day)

Protein is especially important for the health of your hair, nails, skin and muscles. Protein can be found in meat, poultry, fish, nuts, seeds, beans, dairy and eggs. The most complete and pure amino acids are found in lean meats, eggs and all natural protein powders. Your body absorbs this type of protein the best.

Be sure to have a serving of protein, healthy fats and vegetables and some fruits at each meal.  Your body will thank you!

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