Thursday, March 20, 2014

protein CAN make a difference

The amount of protein you take in can be used to your advantage.  It can get you over that stalled weight loss plateau or help you if you are just getting started and lead you in the right direction.  Getting enough calories in your diet from protein can really make a big difference in your body composition.  If you are just trying to get in shape you don't need to be consuming a bodybuilders protein diet but 30% of your calories should come from protein sources.  I have noticed a difference in my body fat percentage when I am eating enough calories from protein.  The more protein I eat, the easier it is for me to lower my body fat.

Protein does so much for our bodies.  Most importantly it replenishes and rebuilds our muscles after workouts.  Which our bodies work hard to do which means it is burning calories and keeping our metabolism revved up.  Protein helps stabilize blood sugar levels and keeps you feeling full longer.

You do not always have to get your protein from meat.  Especially if you are not a meat lover.  Protein also can be found in eggs, quinoa, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, spinach, beans, protein powder etc.

My favorite protein sources are: chicken, eggs, deli turkey, Cellucor protein powder, fish/seafood, cottage cheese, string cheese, jerky, black beans, protein bars, Greek yogurt and nuts.


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