If you have been doing any research at all on the topic of dieting and what to eat to get fit, you have likely heard the word protein over and over ad nauseam. Though health information can sometimes be confusing and advice all over the board, one thing every expert and authority in the industry does seem to agree on is the value of having ample protein in your diet.
You need protein in your diet in order to build muscle and solid cellular structure – along with the other two key component macronutrients of carbohydrates and fats, these three key items in the proper amounts and combinations allow your body to function properly and reach top metabolism performance.
Top 5 Protein Facts Most People Do Not Know
- Protein is utilized as a major source of energy.
- Protein is used for the creation and regulation of hormones and regular bodily functions (like digestion.)
- Protein is used for transportation of certain molecules throughout the body.
- Protein forms antibodies that help prevent infection, illness, and disease.
- Protein is vital for the repair and maintenance of body tissues like muscles, skin, bones, hair, and nails.
Although protein can be found in meat, dairy, poultry, seafood, eggs, and many plant-based foods, here is a list of some of the best sources:
- Ground beef
- Ground turkey
- Green Vegetables
Many people will supplement their protein intake by drinking shakes. There are a lot of good solid nutritional protein shakes on the market, but they should be used as supplementation only. The majority of your protein should be coming from real whole foods.
How much protein do you need daily?
The rule of thumb is that for every 1 lb. of body weight you should take in 1 gram of protein. So if you are, for example, 150 lbs. you would require 150 grams of protein per day total.
When athletes diet they weigh all of their food. Accuracy is key. As close as we think eyeballing an amount can be it is often surprising just how off we all can be. It may seem small, but over time a little here and a little there can add up to a lot and throw off your hard worked for results.
At Superfit Foods, we prepare each meal with a protein, carb and veggie source. Everything is measured and weighed to get you just the right blend of macronutrients your body needs to kick start the results you are looking for. They are then packaged fresh and made ready for you to pick up at your earliest convenience.
If you are ready to get your protein intake on track – give Superfit Foods a try!
Originally published: http://www.superfitfoods.co/why-protein/