Protein: What’s the big deal anyway?

Protein has been a bit overplayed by the bodybuilding crowd. You don’t need to eat multiple chicken breasts, or guzzle protein shakes daily.

That being said, most beginners I train, especially women, are under consuming protein.

What’s so great about protein?

The most obvious benefit: you’re going to be able to build more muscle. The amino acids in protein are the building blocks of muscle. If you’re not getting enough protein, you’re shorting yourself results in the gym. Your physique won’t change as fast as it should be.

“I am so full all the time!”

-All my clients when they start eating more protein.

Protein is the most satiating of all the macronutrients. It keeps you full the longest. When trying to lose weight/restrict calories, your biggest enemy is hunger. Eating more protein makes losing weight easier, since you’re full, longer.

Thermic effect. Our bodies require energy to digest food and turn it into fuel. When you use this extra energy to convert food to fuel, your body burns more calories than it normally would – this is “the thermic effect of food” or TEF.

Out of all the macronutrients, protein takes the most energy to turn into fuel. Hence, a greater portion of your caloric intake coming from protein calories means a greater percentage of those calories being burned off in digestion via TEF.

As a generalized recommendation: for most, eating .8-1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight daily, will give all the benefits of protein.

Do you know where your macros should be to hit your goals? Jump over to my website, www.kaylimontoyafitness.weebly.com, and apply for a FREE coaching call to find out.

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