If you paid attention in high school science, you’d remember that protein is the building block of life. There isn’t a single cell in your body that lacks protein– it’s THAT important. You’ve probably heard you need this macronutrient, but do you know why? In this blog post, we’ll discuss why protein is important and go over a couple of easy ways to incorporate it into your diet.
Protein is essential for building muscle, bone, cartilage, skin, hair, and nails. Yep– your hair and nails are mostly made of protein!
If you’re trying to build strength, protein will be your best post-workout buddy. It builds and repairs muscles, which is perfect for recovery post-workout and strengthening.
Want to curb hunger, lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight? Protein can do it all! To lose weight, the National Academy of Sports Medicine says that most people should consume between .73 and 1 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Athletes and people who exercise heavily should consume between 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight.
Protein helps you feel fuller longer. Carb-heavy meals might leave you feeling full at the moment, but the snack attack happens much faster than when you’ve eaten a protein-packed meal. Plus, protein is difficult to store as body fat, whereas fat and carbohydrates are easily converted into fat. Make it challenging for your body to store your meals by eating lots of protein.
While you exercise, your trainer probably emphasizes the importance of breathing. Then, it’s up to your body to send the oxygen throughout your body. Did you know that protein plays a role in carrying oxygen? Your red blood cells (aka: oxygen-movers) contain a protein compound that transports oxygen. While working your body, let the protein work for you, carrying oxygen to your muscles.
Add some protein to your diet
Here are a few high-protein foods you can incorporate into your meals to reap the benefits we’ve talked about today:
- Lean beef
- Peanut butter
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No matter how you add protein to your diet, we know you’ll enjoy the benefits! Of course, protein alone isn’t enough. Make sure you’re eating protein in conjunction with a fitness routine– like group classes or private sessions at Enhancewell Fitness. Our trainers are always happy to help you with any questions you might have about how to add protein to your diet!