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Protein Explained

Protein Explained

Protein Explained , How Protein Affects Your Body and Fitness

How Protein Affects Your Body & Fitness

Protein is the building block of all life. It’s found in every single cell in your body. There are more than 10,000 different kinds of human proteins, and each protein is made up of just 20 different kinds of amino acids. Your body doesn’t store amino acids. It has to get them from the food you eat. This article will break down just how protein helps your body and fitness.

What is Protein And Why Do You Need Protein?

Protein is an essential macro-nutrient along with carbs and fats that powers the cells in your body.

You need protein to;

  • Repair damaged cells in your body(Including muscles)
  • Transport molecules throughout your body
  • Protect your body from bacteria and viruses
  • Carry out chemical reactions

Without protein, your body goes into a panic and begins eating your muscle stores. A severe lack of protein is going to damage your hair, nails, brain chemistry, bones, and weaken your immune system.

How Much Protein Do I Need?

Your body needs between 1.2 and 1.6 grams of protein per kilogram of body-weight every single day. Or about 7 grams per 20 pounds. However, not all protein is created equal. There are complete proteins and incomplete proteins.

Complete proteins are proteins that come with a full set of amino acids. Animal foods are typically complete proteins and the most common source of protein there is. Incomplete proteins are usually missing one or more amino acids and are usually found in plant-based foods.

It’s completely possible to get all your amino acids from plant-based foods, it simply requires eating a lot more variety of foods to get everything.

You can find complete proteins in foods such as:

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Poultry

You can find incomplete proteins in foods such as

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Legumes
  • Grains

Protein and Body Composition

Studies show that protein is extremely useful in helping people lose fat and gain muscle. Protein is known to have a positive impact on your resting metabolism and creates a feeling of fullness that allows you to be satisfied with the food you eat.

You break down muscle in the gym with exercise, then rebuild those muscles to be bigger and stronger with adequate protein and rest.

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For weight loss, you simply need to burn more calories than you take in. However, this comes with the unwanted effect of breaking down muscle as well.

Since most people want to hold onto their muscle, it’s recommended that you consume a fair amount of protein while losing weight. This helps you preserve lean mass in your weight loss program.

Protein shakes and protein powders can help you hold onto your muscle. However, it’s recommended that you get your amino acids from a variety of foods instead, for the best possible results.

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