Do you want to lose fat, build muscle, or just be a healthy and well-functioning human being? For all of these, your daily protein intake pays a crucial role. And, unfortunately, most adults aren't getting the protein they need to reach their wellness goals.
In terms of overall health, protein plays a significant role. Protein is responsible for building and repairing things and it's found in your organs, muscles, skin, hair, nails, bones and some hormones.
When it comes to losing fat, protein is critical in maintaining muscle so your body will burn fat instead. Protein helps you to feel full so you can curb your appetite and avoid binge eating. And, protein has thermogenic properties so your body will actually burn calories while it's digesting protein.
So, how much protein should you be eating every day? One common rule is to eat one gram of protein for each pound that you weigh. I believe that's a bit too much. The IDEAL PROTEIN INTAKE is 0.65-0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight for women and 0.8-0.9 grams for men. This varies depending upon how much body fat you're carrying and how active you are. If you're lean, you'll need a higher amount of protein. A good starting place is generally 0.75 grams per pound of body weight per women.
For men, if you have around 35% of body fat, you'll need less grams of protein; probably around 0.65 grams of protein per pound of body weight. If you are very lean and have around 10% body fat, you'll need more protein and should use 0.9 as your multiplier.
For a woman who is 150 pounds with an average amount of body fat, a good amount of protein to eat per day is 112 grams. For some of us that's hard to achieve when we only eat a few meals each day and may not prioritize protein. That's why protein powders and supplements truly help.
There are a whopping 14 grams of quality protein in each scoop of Warrior Strong Wellness' Collagen Peptides & Bone Broth Superfood Protein. Not to mention, amazing nutrients such as Collagen and Bone Broth.
Be very conscientious when it comes to protein, though. Too much is not a good thing! Once your body has satisfied it's actual need for protein to repair and regenerate, excess proteins are converted to sugar via the hormone response Gluconeogenesis. It will then be used as a very poor energy source if there is a lack of carbs/fats or if it as stored as body fat for you to work off later.
Make sure you're getting the quality and amount of protein you need to get the wellness you want!
Start each day with a grateful heart and a protein shake!