Protein is the number one screwed up macro (as far as making sure you get enough) and the also the most important macro to get right.
Protein helps you eat less, yet feel fuller, longer.
This is because it takes longer for your body to break down protein than it does to break down carbs and fat. It also promotes production of the satiety hormone (keeping you fuller, for longer stretches.)
Protein is also necessary for building and maintaining muscle.
Without adequate protein, our body begins to lose steam and not function optimally.
We need amino acids (the building blocks of protein) to do the job of producing important enzymes like hormones, neurotransmitters and antibodies.
When we don’t eat enough protein, our bodies figure out how to make up for it elsewhere…..we lose muscle mass.
This is especially true if we are not getting enough calories to begin with.
On the opposite side of the coin, enough protein means maximized protein synthesis, which means…strength gains!
This why diets high in protein are more ideal for improving body composition than say, normal or low protein diets.
The appropriate amount of protein is individual as our needs are individual.
Things like age, gender, activity level and fitness goals are a big factor here. About 1 gram per pound of body weight is a great place to start.
Are you interested in figuring out how much protein you personally should be consuming?
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