07 Apr The importance of protein
The importance of Protein
This is the one thing that’s all fitness professionals and nutrition experts agree on!
Protein is essential for growth and repair in the body.
It is important for building bones, muscle, skin, cartilage and blood.
How can it help with fat loss??
Protein keeps us feeling fuller for longer so making sure you have protein with all of your meal will help to keep hunger away.
A high protein breakfast is the best way to start your day. Cut out the high sugar cereal and get an omelette, overnight oats, steak and eggs, or some oats & whey to start your day.
Believe it or not we actually burn more calories digesting protein than we do when we digest fats or carbs. This is called TEF (thermic effect of food) and who wouldn’t want to burn more while you eat more?!
Will I turn into a bodybuilder?
Well actually this isn’t true, eating and consuming protein won’t make you massive but it will certainly help you repair the muscle you have broken down through resistance training and will help grow and maintain lean muscle. This is very important when looking to lose body fat.
So I can eat hundreds of protein and I won’t get fat?
No, this is not true. Protein provides us with energy from calories, Protein has 4 calories per gram so just like carbs and fats if we overeat then this puts our calories up and so we will gain unwanted body fat (if calories are in a surplus).
So how much should I eat?
This depends on the individual. I would say between 1.6g/kg – 2g/kg of bodyweight for people who are exercising. This can be adjusted accordingly and may even be a bit lower for someone carrying a high percentage of body fat.
How should I spilt it in my meals?
I would say that having protein with each meal is best, so if your target is 120g per day then split that to 30g for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack.