What is protein?

 

good protein

Protein is a Macronutrient that is broken down in the body to become amino acids. Which are the building blocks for strong muscles and bones. Can be used for energy, or to synthesise new hormones and digestive enzymes.  (The amino acid “Glutamine” is the primary source of energy in the intestinal cells).

Tip:  A daily intake of Glutamine means a healthy gut & A healthy gut makes for a healthy body.

 

Good sources?

Poultry: Chicken, Turkey, Quals, Duck, Geese

Eggs: from Chickens, Ducks etc

Meat: Grass fed Beef, Lamb, Venison, Pork

Fish: Salmon, Tuna, Sardines, Kippers, Mackerel, Cod etc

Cheese & Yoghurt

Whey Protein:  Especially after a hard training session as it is fast absorbed and starts preparing muscle straight away.

 

Why is protein important?

So, by now you should’ve realised that protein is the single most important macronutrient for increasing muscle.  Therefore its is also the most important for fat loss too. Protein is critical for nearly every metabolic activity including the creation of structural components of our cells.

Amino acids are degraded each and every day so daily protein intake is a must.

Eating high amounts of protein can help you fell full for longer, maintain a healthy body fat percentage and a strong immune system.

 

How much should I eat?

If you are exercising well and have healthy kidneys then you can have a protein intake of 2 grams of protein per KG of your body weight.

(A minimum requirement is 0.8 grams of protein per KG of body weight.  But this is just enough to stop protein deficiency and not enough to help create new muscle and keep a healthy immune system).

 

Meat & Nuts Breakfast

A great way to start your day and kick off on the road to getting enough protein min your diet is the Meat & Nuts Breakfast made famous by Charles Poliquin.

Basically you rotate through different meats and nuts each morning through the week.  This breakfast give you a healthy source of protein, fats and fibre too.
An example is below;
Day 1

• 1-2 Buffalo meat patties

• 1 handful of macadamia nuts

Day 2

• 1 large venison steak

• 1 handful of cashew nuts

Day 3

• 1-2 Lean turkey burgers

• 1 handful of almonds

Day 4

• 1-2 lean ground beef patties

• 1 handful of brazil nuts

Day 5

• 1-2 chicken breasts

• 1 handful of hazelnuts

Day 6

• 8-10 gluten free chicken sausages

• 1 handful of pistachios

So as you can see there are lots of reasons to be eating lots of healthy protein.

I’m off for some steak right now.

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