Here's Why You Should Have High Protein Foods In Every Meal...
There are several reasons why you should have high protein foods with every meal, especially if you want to burn fat and lose weight. In this article we will cover some of the most important reasons to do so.
Protein is one of the macronutrients. The others are carbohydrate and fat. Macronutrients are nutrients that are required by the body in relatively large amounts compared to other nutrients. Micronutrients, on the other hand, are nutrients required by the body in small amounts. These include, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (nutrients from plants).
It is essential that you consume a wide variety of foods every day in order to provide your body with a sufficient amount of nutrients so it functions at optimal levels.
Protein is the most important macronutrient to consume as the origin of its name suggests, 'Proteus', which means: 'of primary importance.' Protein is required for a countless number of essential functions in the body including, tissue construction, building cells, forming antibodies, creating enzymes and hormones, building genetic codes and carrying oxygen. It is a component of every cell and makes up over half of the dry weight of our body.
Therefore, it simply makes sense to consume an adequate amount of protein every day. Also, since the body is a dynamic structure, meaning that it is constantly building up and breaking down body tissues, it is strongly recommended to have a portion of protein with every meal. It is not necessary to have an enormous amount of protein with every meal, just enough to supply the body with the amino acids (building blocks of protein) it needs in order to perform the essential functions. It is also worthwhile getting your protein requirements from a range of different sources because they all have different amino acid profiles.
Here's a list of high protein foods:
Here are the reasons why high protein foods are beneficial from a fat-burning/ weight-loss perspective:
Speeds up your metabolism
Helps maintain your muscle mass
If you miss a meal or have a meal that doesn't contain any high protein foods, your body will go into a catabolic state (negative nitrogen balance), which means it will break down muscle and other lean tissues sources. This will have a negative impact on your metabolism.
Promotes glucagon release
Glucagon also mobilises fat from the fat stores, which may then be used by the body as a fuel source.
As you can see, high protein foods are so important to include as a part of every meal, especially if you want to lose weight. So, in order to get maximum benefit from consuming protein, plan and prepare all of your meals in advance, which is one of the fat-loss secrets.
When you're going through this process, select one or perhaps a few of the sources of protein from the above list of high protein foods and ensure they are a part of every meal. Keep in mind that you don't have to have large quantities, you just need to provide your body with a continuous supply of amino acids so they can be used for all of the functions mentioned here.
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