Protein is the golden macronutrient when it comes to training. Not only is it essential for building LEAN muscle and for recovery and muscle repair, it also keeps us fuller for longer – great for fat loss. Here are five reasons protein is so important!
It Keeps You Fuller For Longer
Not only does protein reduce the hunger hormone, protein also requires more energy to digest, so your body burns more calories in order to break it down – great if your goal is fat loss and you struggle to stay full when reducing your calorie intake.
It Helps Build Muscle
Protein is vital for building muscle as it’s made up of amino acids which are effectively the building blocks for muscle growth.
It Reduces Muscle Loss During Weight Loss
When you are dieting, your body enters what is called a catabolic (breaking down state). The issue with this, is while you might be reducing fat, you’re likely to reduce your muscle as well. To ensure you have shape once you lose your desired amount of fat, keep your protein intake high to reduce the breakdown of muscle which gives the body the ‘toned’ look many people seek.
It's Vital For Recovery, Repair, And Preventing Injury
There are so many studies that show an increased protein intake has reduced injury rates as well as helped muscles recover faster after a workout. Your body uses it to build and repair tissue. By upping your protein intake you’ll be able to recover and progress faster.
How Much Protein Should I Be Eating?
The amount of protein you consume completely depends on your goals.
Most adults need around 0.75g of protein per kg of body weight, per day, but if you’re training for fat loss or muscle gain this can be increased to a minimum of 1.5 – 2g of protein per kg. Get in touch if you have any questions!