Protein

Protein is another one of those macronutrients your body needs. Protein foods are broken down by our bodies into amino acids. Amino acids are our bodies building blocks. These building blocks are used to make muscle, bone, tissue, organs, skin, etc. Protein is a part of every one of your cells and important in growth, maintenance, and repair.

Your body can actually make quite a few different amino acids itself, but 9 amino acids are essential. This means you need to eat them to get them. Good sources of protein have all 9 essential amino acids, and when I say good sources I mean animal proteins.

Eat chicken, eggs, fish, meat, pork, lamb, veal, turkey, other seafood, and shellfish, etc. Keep your protein varied, really mix it up, and make sure to eat more of the lean stuff. [lean means less fat] Don’t forget to keep quality in mind. Just because sausage and cheeseburgers are protein foods, that doesn’t mean I’m eating sausage and cheeseburgers for every meal.

You should be getting about 0.8 – 1.0 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, which should account for about 30% of your total caloric load. That being said, don’t worry so much about crunching exact numbers of the grams of protein you should be eating. Instead, focus on shifting the protein to carb balance of your diet. Cutting back on refined, highly processed carbohydrates and emphasizing lean, high quality protein sources in your meals will do you a whole lot of good.

 

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