Getting adequate protein in your diet is vital to building and maintaining lean muscle for a healthy body composition as it supports sustainable fat-loss. There are a variety of quick and easy tips on how to increase protein in your diet to improve your overall health.
Proteins are a type of molecule broken down by the body and used as the building blocks for our muscles and organs. Without a solid muscular foundation and organ system, we feel weak, tired and sluggish, both physically and mentally.
Proteins are made up of different combinations of 20 amino acids we need in order to survive. Our bodies create 11 of these amino acids, but 9 of them need to come from the food we eat. If we don’t get all 20 amino acids one way or another, our body starts to break down our muscles!
Are you struggling with fat loss? If your diet contains too little protein, your metabolism is moving at a snail’s pace and your body is doing all it can to hold on to your fat and sugar stores!
A balanced diet with adequate protein from a variety of sources is absolutely necessary to get all 20 amino acids to help you build muscle, lose fat, and live a vivacious, energetic life.
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Not All Proteins Are Created Equal
What are the best protein-rich foods to add into your eating plan?
Many vegetables including sea vegetables, legumes, grains and seeds, and even some fruits are healthy sources of protein when properly combined. Choosing organic ( and Non-GMO when possible. The Environmental Working Group website has a great list of Organic and Non-GMO foods. Click for their “dirty dozen” list of foods containing the most pesticides, and “clean 15” guide to the products containing the least amount of pesticides.
For those who include animal proteins, organic, grass-fed, free-range, wild-caught animal and fish products are also healthy options. These meats contain all of your essential amino acids and are considered to be “complete proteins.”
A word of caution! Mass produced, GMO-containing meat, farmed-fish, and other low-quality meats, although they are still protein, also contain health challenging chemicals, antibiotics, immune suppressing hormones and other synthetic ingredients that are detrimental to your health!
Be sure to read the labels of any meat products you buy and look for “certified organic,” “grass-fed,” “free-range,” “no added hormones or antibiotics.”
Even some of the popular fast-food chains are offering these options because the consumer is becoming more aware of the negative health implications of eating non-organic, hormone-added food.
Tips For Easy Ways to Add Protein To Your Diet
- Add Quinoa, lentils, yoghurt, beans, whole grain rice, peas, hemp hearts, nuts and seeds and leafy greens are all great options for increasing protein to your eating plan.
- Try the TruHealth* protein shake. It’s a plant-based, complete meal replacement full of vitamins, minerals, probiotics, Glyconutrients and over 20 grams of protein. Its high-fiber content keeps you feeling fuller longer and it comes in delicious chocolate and vanilla flavors.
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Protein and Fat Loss
Getting enough protein in your diet ensures that your metabolism is functioning quickly and efficiently. Having a fast metabolism means that your body is burning the maximum amount of calories.
Another bonus? Protein-rich food is more satiating than other foods, meaning you feel full faster and therefore not as likely to overeat.
When your body has all the essential amino acids it needs, your energy levels and overall mood increases. When you’re in a good mood, you feel more inclined to make healthier choices, get up and move around, enjoy the outdoors and participate in a variety of activities that burn calories.
Are you interested in learning more about how a protein-rich diet can help you lose fat?
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I will teach you the simple ways to add protein to your diet, whether through meat or veggies and grains, to kick start your metabolism, increase your energy levels, and help you lose fat!