Eat More Protein!

What is Protein?

Protein is an important food group that is involved in nearly all bodily functions and processes.  It is an essential dietary nutrient for healthy living and it plays a key role in exercise recovery.

Protein needs to be an important part of your diet in order to achieve your weight loss goal.

Four main areas that have direct effects on weight loss: 

  • Keeps you full longer
  • Helps preserve lean body mass
  • Compared to carbohydrates or fats, protein requires more energy to break down (thermic effect of food)
  • Can be more difficult to store as body fat
  • Supports the immune system

Other beneficial effects of protein – it can:

  • Strengthen bones
  • Reduce muscle loss during aging
  • Improve wound healing

Check out the video below “Why you need to ensure you eat enough protein when you are losing weight”

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To ensure you are eating sufficient protein on a daily basis, consider the following:

  • Women should aim to eat at least 1  palm-sized portion with each meal.  Men should aim to eat 2 palm-sized portions with each meal. This may alter and is dependent upon an individual’s requirements
  • Plan, estimate and track your daily protein intake
  • Eat some protein at all meals
  • Aim to include both animal and plant based proteins
  • Choose high-quality protein sources
  • Choose lean protein when eating meat
  • Consume well-balanced meals

Click on this link for the PN infographic – How to create the perfect meal

Check out the website for 30 protein snack ideas

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