Healthier All Around
Protein isn’t just good for losing weight. It actually helps you maintain your overall health by reducing blood pressure, LDL cholesterol levels, and triglycerides. It also helps prevent osteoporosis, diabetes, and obesity according to research.
In turn, this will help you lose weight faster and keep the weight off, so really you get to the same end goal: a healthier, happier, slimmer you.
Proteins take more work (and therefore more calories) to break down, helping you lose weight while you eat without any other dietary measures in place.
To build lean muscle, your body needs proteins. There are enzymes in protein called amino acids, and these are the essential building blocks your body uses to build up muscles. This type of muscle building isn’t just great for your physique but helps burn calories even when you aren’t hitting the gym.
So, what do experts recommend for the daily protein intake? Anywhere between .5 and 1.0 grams of protein per pound of body weight will put you on the right track. If you’re also trying to lose some weight, you’ll want to lean towards the lower end of that average. If you’re extremely active, err on the higher side. So, a woman who weighs 140 pounds and is fairly active might consume 130 grams of protein per day to maintain the health and weight loss benefits involved. Additionally:
- Try to get approximately 30% of those grams within the first part of the day to give your system a healthy boost after a long night of food fasting.
- The most protein-rich foods are white chicken and turkey, pork tenderloins, seafood, low-fat dairy products, and lean beef.
- Tofu, quinoa, and buckwheat are great protein options for vegans or vegetarians to partake in as well.
- Whole grains, nuts, and vegetables do contain some proteins, but not all of the amino acids that your body needs to build lean muscle and lose weight.
At the end of the day a mix of healthy fats, carbs, veggies, and proteins will work best for just about anyone, but upping your protein intake can lead to several health benefits mentioned above. Read up on some of the best weight loss programs out there like the South Beach Diet and Weight Watchers for help in starting out, and find out what it feels like to love the way you look.