Do you think you are eating enough protein in your daily diet? I often wonder how much is enough or too much for that matter…
Protein’s main function in the body is to build and repair, as well as sustain muscle. We don’t maintain a store of protein for energy the same way that we do with carbohydrates and fats, so hence why it should be consumed daily.
Let’s debunk a few myths about protein……
1+ To increase muscle tone, it doesn’t matter what you eat, all you need to do is the workout
You can’t build muscle without protein. Protein provides amino acids, the foundation needed for muscle growth and recovery. When we exercise, the amount of protein we need each day increases.
If that’s what you want to do. A recent US study found that controlling total food consumption is not just about cutting kilojoules. You’ve got to include enough protein in your diet, too. Protein keeps you fuller for longer, assisting you to maintain a healthy weight, in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise
If only the maths were that easy. Instead, the amount of protein you need depends on your weight, sex, age and health status. As a rough guide, women need 0.75 g for every kilo of their overall weight (so a 60 kg woman needs 45 g protein a day). And men need 0.84 g for every kilo they measure on the scales (so a 90 kg man needs 75.6 g protein a day).