Protein isn’t just for those hitting the gym and trying to bulk up. While it is true that protein can help increase muscle mass for those training, it is also true that successful weight management starts with a great protein added to your diet.
Protein Keeps You Fuller Longer
Recent research has shown that people who eat appropriate amounts of protein are able to control their appetites better and reduce snacking because protein reduces the feel of hunger when compared to carbohydrates or fats. High protein breakfasts such as eggs or green protein smoothies provide you with the nutrients you need to fuel your battle until lunch. On the go and don’t have time to cook? Grab a shaker bottle of your favorite protein and almond milk to go! You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
Improve Your Body Composition with the Combination of Protein and Exercise
Not getting enough protein can lead to lots of breakdown also known as catabolism which may get in the way of your athletic goals. However, if the correct amounts of protein are obtained in combination with exercise it can help you gain the lean muscle you desire. This is also give your metabolism a nice boost. Small amounts of protein before a workout (10 grams or less) and moderate amounts of protein after a workout (about 20 grams) will provide the amino acids you body needs for recovery, leading to better exercise results.
So, What’s the correct amount of protein?
On average we want to stick to about 25 to 30 grams for protein for each main meal of the day. To give you some examples, one cup of low fat cottage, 5 eggs, or 4 ounces of chicken all amount to about 30 grams of protein. If you’re on the go look for a meal replacement shake with the correct amount of protein. Our favorite is Pro-Whey vanilla!
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