Protein is arguably one of the most important nutrients that your body needs. Your connective tissue, skin, hair and muscles are all made up of protein. Protein accounts for about 16 % of your total body weight.
Protein is instrumental in the manufacturing of enzymes, hormones and supplying you with energy
While your body is able to recycle protein, it is still necessary to replace it continuously. Failing to do so could result in you suffering from a poorly functioning liver, depression, hormonal imbalance, irregular blood sugar levels, infections and the inability for wounds to heal.
Protein provides essential amino acids
Protein consists of amino acids and your body lacks the ability to produce 9 of them, you therefore need to consume these amino acids via the food that you eat. Dairy products, eggs and read meat contain these 9 amino acids.
Fifteen percent of your calorie intake each day should comprise of protein. Sports people need additional protein in order to repair muscles after strenuous training and competition. This applies to people who participate in aerobic exercise as well as the strength activities such as weight lifting.
Many diets are deficient in essential protein
Dieting can be problematic as some diets are not balanced and can cause you to consume less protein than you need. If you are on a weight management program, make sure that it offers you a balanced diet.
While your body can store sugar and fat, it cannot store protein
If you miss a day or two of protein, your muscles will begin to break down. Research is showing that protein is beneficial in the war against obesity and even in preventing osteoporosis.
If you eat a lot of carbohydrates you should eat extra protein in order to keep your blood sugar levels normal. Additionally, the glucose which comes from protein is released slowly into your body and this will prevent sugar spiking.
Nuts, legumes, dairy products, eggs, fish and meat are all great sources of protein. If you do not like these foods then consider Herbalife’s meal replacement and protein powder as an alternative to source your protein needs.
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