You’ve heard it countless time, you need to prioritize protein. But why is it so important??
Protein is key whether you are tryin to lose body fat or build muscle. Because of that, there are so many reasons to prioritize it.
It is more satiating than carbohydrates or fat, meaning it helps to keep you feeling full for longer. This can help to naturally reduce your overall calorie intake, which is key if your goal is fat loss.
Adequate intake can help maintain lean muscle mass and helps build new muscle. It is made up of amino acids that act as building blocks for cells and tissues in the body. It forms the structural framework of various parts of your body. You are literally made of protein, your hair (keratin) and your skin (collagen). Your body needs protein to maintain its structure. If your body doesn’t get enough, healing slows down, hair growth slows, your nails become brittle and break easily.
It is essential for maintaining and repairing body tissues.
Whether you choose animal sources, plant sources, or a combination of the two, it’s important to reach your daily intake goal. How much an individual needs depends on each person and their goals. Most people on average should aim to get 1 gram per pound of body weight.
An easy way to make sure you’re getting your daily intake is to make sure you are getting at least 20-30g with each meal and snack. Center each meal around your protein source and build from there. Choose a variety of proteins throughout the day and you will be well on your way to reaching your goal.