Building Blocks of Protein

Building Blocks of a Healthy Lifestyle

As you begin to change your diet, remember to include protein!

Protein is important for building, maintaining, and repairing all the tissues in your body, including your muscles. Many people tend to lose muscle mass as they lose weight. If you lose muscle mass, you lower your metabolic rate and that makes losing more weight more difficult.

Consuming the right amount of protein helps to maintain muscle mass, support healthy brain function and prevent blood clotting. It also provides an important source of iron to prevent anemia, particularly in female athletes who are highly susceptible to this condition.

Other Benefits of Protein

Protein will help you feel fuller longer and it also stabilizes blood glucose to keep hunger at bay. But that doesn’t mean you can eat as much protein as you want. Eating more protein than your body can use at each meal causes the extra protein to act like a sugar. This is the process of gluconeogenesis.  In this way, too much protein spikes your glucose and is stored as body fat.

So remember, Balance is Key! 

Your body can best absorb animal proteins like chicken, beef, pork or turkey. Eggs, fish, shellfish and dairy are also good sources. If you are a vegetarian, then soy, nuts, seitan and of course, eggs and dairy are good sources of protein for your body.

Notice whether you get hungrier quicker when you skip protein in your meal. Also monitor how much protein you eat. Only someone as mighty as Paul Bunyan should be eating more than 8 oz of steak at one sitting!

Fact: High-quality proteins are complete proteins that are very digestible. Animal proteins are high-quality proteins; they are 95 percent digestible, whereas plant proteins are 85 percent digestible. 

Awareness Challenge this week: Pay attention to the type and amount of protein  you consume as well as the timing of your protein intake. 



Tune in next time; we will cover creating habits for a lasting healthy lifestyle.

In the meantime, if you’d like to know how much protein you should be eating for your weight loss and wellness goals, reach out to us for our professional guidance and support. Give us a call!

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