Friday, June 12, 2015

Importance of Protein at EVERY meal !

Why should you eat protein at every meal ? The common problem that so many people face is too MANY carbs and not enough protein to sustain their lifestyle. But how important is it to have in your diet every day ?
So lets look into the facts! First off...what is protein? Your body breaks down protein into amino acids and uses those amino acids to build muscles. When you exercise, you are actually breaking down muscle. Protein helps rebuild them faster and better.protein releases a hormone called glucogon that does the opposite of insulin.
So, where insulin is a fat-storing hormone, glucogon is actually a fat burning hormone. If you eat at least one serving of protein with every meal, you are going to get a fat-burning effect. It is also a blood sugar stabilizer and when you eat a protein along with your carbohydrates, it help to keep your blood sugar stable. When you just eat carbs without the protein, your blood sugar is constantly going through highs and lows. Eating enough protein helps preserve muscle mass and encourages fat burning while keeping you feeling full
What foods contain protein ? Organic eggs, organic grass-fed meats, natural free-range poultry, wild fish and good quality meal replacement shakes. You want to be sure to include a serving of one of these proteins with every single one of your meals.
It's very important to balance ALL meals and snacks with carb-rich and protein-rich foods together. A meal with carbohydrates alone is problematic because glucose levels shoot up and then crash down. This can leave you feeling tired, hungry, and weak - and gives your body an easy opportunity to convert that meal to fat.
Here are some benefits of eating protein !
-Increase thermic effect
-Increase in glucagon which decreases aging
-Reduction of cardiovascular risk
-Improvement in weight management and body composition
-Increase in protein turnover
-Increase in nutrient absorption
How much ?
Women – 1 serving of lean, complete protein (20-30g) with each meal, every few hours.
Men – 2 servings of lean, complete protein (40-60g) with each meal, every few hours.
This pattern of intake will make sure you’re getting enough protein to reap all the benefits that this macro nutrient has to offer.
Each meal you sit down to eat ask yourself: "Is there protein in this meal?" if so then you are on a great path to burn fat and repair your muscles, If not then you need to re-evaluate your meals and find a healthy source of protein to add into it !

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