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Are You Getting Enough Protein?

Updated: Mar 21

Getting enough daily protein is important whether you are trying to lose weight, or build muscle. Especially as we age, protein becomes important to enhancing our quality of life. Protein is a macronutrient that, among other things, helps repair muscle tissue. For instance if you have a great workout session lifting weights, chances are you will experience soreness from some micro tears in your muscle fibers. As those tears heal, not only does the soreness decrease, but your muscles become more powerful as a result. Consuming protein will help this process. Regarding weight loss, protein can help you stop overeating, because it has the ability to keep you feeling full. Furthermore, the process of digesting protein also helps the body burn more calories . Weight loss requires a caloric deficit…so a diet rich in protein would move you toward that goal!

How much do we need? We should be consuming at least 60 grams per day. However, more active lifestyles may require more. For example athletes may need to consume anywhere from 100-200 calories. Your body type may also play a factor in how much protein you may need to consume. Be sure to consult your physician, personal trainer, or fitness coach for recommendations. For now, strive to get at least 60 grams.

Great sources of protein include chicken, fish, turkey, eggs, Greek yogurt, beans, and almonds. However, so many of us have busy schedules which make it difficult to prepare protein rich meals. In this case a protein supplement is in order. I recommend one of the two protein powders listed below. Just click the link to order from my Amazon page!

  1. ORGAIN ORGANIC PROTEIN Non dairy option made from peas, brown rice, and chia seeds. If you are lactose intolerant and want really committed to consuming organic foods, this option is for you. (click here to order)

  2. OPTIMUM NUTRITION WHEY PROTEIN Dairy based protein with complete amino acid profile. Low carb, with more protein per scoop than the vegan option above. Great flavor too! (click here to order)

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