Hey there, it’s Axel here with a golden nugget of information for you. I hope most of you know what protein is and assume you know where you can find it. If not let me be quick; it is one of 3 major components most things edible (the other 2 being fats and carbohydrates).
You have probably heard the debates about who the real culprit is when it comes to weight gain, and I’ll tell you who it’s not: Protein. Of the 3 macro nutrients (protein/fats/carbs), carbs are the preferred source of fuel for your body, with fats put into storage for later use once the carbs are burnt. Our natural process for using fuel has been the same for 1000’s of years. Once our body has digested the food, the carbohydrates are instantly turned into Glucose and are locked and loaded ready to be burnt, or converted into fat cells while watching TV.
After enough exercise, your body will run out of carbs to burn and will go into the fat supplies for fuel. Due to the large amounts of carbs in an average Australian diet, this can prove difficult to get to the fat supplies.
Eating less carbs and exercising more = A leaner you.
The difference between protein vs fats/carbohydrates, and what makes it so damn important is that it feeds your muscles rather than floating around waiting for you to be active. And unless you over indulge, they won’t be sent to your fat stores around your hips and waist any time soon.
Protein is effective and important for every meal of the deal. Because of it’s heaviness, it leaves you feeling full. A high protein meal reduces the amount of carbs and fats as a result. Don’t be afraid of going for a steak, just make sure you get a salad on the side. You may still be getting a serving of fat, but with less carbs in your diet you are going to be tapping into your fat stores and burning them up sooner. Chicken is an even better, leaner option. And tastes delicious.
How much protein should I eat?
The inactive adults’ recommendation is 1g of protein per kilogram of bodyweight. If you are reading this then hopefully you are already taking some form of action, in which case you need around 1.5g. To give you an idea, a small can of tuna is 15g of protein. A 300g steak is about 50g. If you weigh 70kg, then go ahead and eat 100g of protein a day.
Here’s a list of protein rich foods:
Limit your carbs to early meals, to give your body it’s fuel for the day. Eat it with dinner, and you won’t get a chance to burn it off before bed time.
Salads, Soups, Steaks. That’s your new diet.
Eat your meat.
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