Protein: Why Is It So Important?

Whether you’re looking to lose weight or get stronger, we’re always telling people to make sure they eat enough protein. But why?

“Why should I care if I eat enough protein or not?”

  • Although your body is predominantly made up of water, around 16% of your body is made up of protein. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein!
  • Your body needs protein to make hormones, enzymes and other important body chemicals.
  • You need protein so you body can build and repair tissue.
  • Protein is an important and vital building block of muscles, bones, sin, cartilage and blood.

 “I ate loads of protein yesterday, won’t by body use that up today?”

Your body stores carbohydrates and fats that can often be used when you’re running low. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for protein, so you need to be constantly topping up.

4 Benefits of a Protein Rich Diet

Eating lots of protein in your diet comes with a lot of health benefits, including:

  • Quicker recovery after exercise
  • Building lean muscle
  • A reduction in the amount of lean muscle lost
  • Reduce / curb hunger levels to help you lose weight

“How much is enough?”

For each pound of body weight, try to eat between 0.6-1 gram of protein. So for every 1 stone, try and eat around 8.4g to 14g.
Unsure what 100g, 125g, 150g etc. of protein looks like? Click here for a few examples from a great article on BodyBuilding.com

What Are The Different Forms of Protein

Protein comes from a huge range of sources, including meat, fish, eggs and milk to beans, nuts and nut butters.

Other sources of protein that are often convenient include whey and casein protein, often found in powder form or in pre-made protein shakes. Whilst whey can be digested by the body at a quicker rate than casein, casein releases protein slowly and often ideal for bedtime. Examples of casein include cottage cheese and milk.

By | 2017-07-17T09:00:53+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Nutrition|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Catherine July 18, 2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Great; really useful article. I don’t eat enough (*hides crisps under desk*), so it’s good to remember why it’s so important. Thanks 🙂

  2. admin July 24, 2017 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Thanks for your comment Catherine. We’re all guilty of it, but it’s just ensuring that we keep it to the odd occasion and keep on top of it the rest of the time! 🙂

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