Here’s Some Facts On Protein In Diets

Please understand: It’s really simple… the cells in our bodies need protein to function. Without protein intake, our cells and organs, muscles, connective tissue, and bones would not hold together.

Dieters hear about the value of protein to control their weight – a lot. Perhaps away from the sense of holding our bodies together – but rather as a terrific diet tool.

High-protein diets can actually help dieters get results and lose weight. Many nutritionist recommend protein with every meal, even snacks.

• If having an apple mid morning, please… put some peanut butter on it.
• Need an afternoon pick-me-up (and who doesn’t)? Have an ounce of cheese on a rice cake or an ounce of nuts.

The protein group is very large. Everyone knows about meat, poultry and fish, but also consider protein in eggs, low-fat dairy products, peanut butter, seeds, nuts and soy. Even some vegetables have proteins. Beans of all sorts (kidney, pinto, lima, garbanzo, white, and soy) are rich in protein. A serving of beans (one cup) can be 9 to 12 grams of protein. A half-cup of peas, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, artichokes and water crest can have 3 grams of protein per serving. Note: Veggies, which don’t contain all nine of the amino acids, should not totally replace the meat/dairy/nut/bean categories.

• High-protein foods burns calories.
• A meal with a protein makes one feel fuller for an extended period of time.
• Increase protein makes a dieter losing more fat and maintaining more muscle mass.
• The amino acids in protein build lean muscle.

A 140-pound person needs 110 grams of protein every day. To determine your protein need, multiply your weight by 0.36. Nutritionist recommend between 0.5 and 1.0 grams of protein per pound of the body weight. To determine your daily protein need, multiply your weight by 0.36 for the recommended daily amount. Then double that number.

Note: Remember to count calories. Adding proteins to your diet is good for your health; not adjusting for the extra calories can defeat a diet effort.

Tired of eating broiled chicken breast every night? Your body is as well. Smart dieters mix up their protein intake – chicken one night – fish the next – as well as a little beef every so often. And it wouldn’t even hurt to have a delicious omelet for dinner.

Protein really is a dieter’s good friend.