Why is it important?
Protein helps rebuild muscle tissue damage during and after exercise.
It helps slow the movement of food through your digestive system, controlling your appetites and keeping you feel fuller longer. And with that, it helps prolong the delivery of energy to keep you going through your day.
How much protein do you need?
There’s a pretty simple formula to help figure out how much protein you need for how much activity you’re doing…
Sedentary (sitting, desk work)
0.4 x (your weight) = g of protein a day
Minimal Activity (yoga, light cardio class, under an hour daily)
0.6 x (your weight) = g of protein a day
Moderate Activity (running, lifting, 1-2 hours daily)
0.75 x (your weight) = g of protein a day
Vigorous Activity (endurance sports, heavy lifting, over an hour daily)
0.85 x (your weight) = g of protein a day
Hair and nails are made mostly of protein.
You need it to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.
It is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
^ umm, that's like you're entire body. You NEED IT!!
Ways to get it:
2% Milk and Soy Milk
Chicken, Turkey, Pork Chops
Lean Steak and Beef
Yellowfish Tuna and Halibut
Jerky, Peanut Butter, and Nuts
Soybeans, Edamame, and Lentils