A few weeks ago, I posted about the key facts and importance of counting macros for both weight loss and gaining muscle. This week I will be focussing on the benefits of protein and the huge impact it can have on your nutrition journey.
What is protein?
First off, all protein once digested turn into Amino Acids which are needed for the production of enzymes and hormones, helping our body to function daily. Protein can also help the production of glycogen which will in turn, encourage fat burning. Glycogen is produced when our blood sugars go down, in order to produce glucose for the body – therefore breaking down fat.
How much protein should we be eating?
According to the English NHS website, protein recommendations for an active woman are just 50g a day; baring in mind this is the minimum required, this is not based on your height, body type, body weight, goals – etc, etc.
Ideally, protein intake for both losing weight and gaining muscle should be around 1.5-2g per kg of body weight. This means for a 55kg woman, they should be eating 110g of protein per day!
Protein has so many benefits including building and repairing body tissue and contributing to the bodies energy levels too. Therefore, for an active person, this is absolutely key to their needs!
Protein will effectively keep you fuller for longer and so many foods are high in protein, there are endless options to add great taste to your healthy meals now!
What foods are great for protein intake?
To increase your protein intake, foods that are perfect to include within your diet are: