Did you know that most overweight people have a protein deficiency in their diet? As such, a high protein diet aids weight loss and metabolic health.

Protein is one of the three macronutrients (the other two being fat and carbs). Protein isn’t usually a major energy source but it’s integral to growth and development.

Protein can be found in meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, beans, nuts, peas and seeds.

Protein contains amino acids which are organic compounds made of nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon and oxygen. 9 of the 20 amino acids are referred to as essential amino acids and the body can’t make these on its own so we must get them through food. The other 11 are known as non-essential amino acids as the body can break them down. Many of these non-essential amino acids are also considered conditional amino acids because they can become essential in rare cases where the body can’t break them down properly.

A complete protein is a good source of all 9 amino acids. These are animal products, as well as soy. If a protein is missing any essential amino acids, it’s called incomplete. These are most plant foods. Those on a plant-based diet though can still get all the essential amino acids they need through eating a wide variety of incomplete proteins.

Protein also:
– reduces appetite and hunger levels
– increases muscle mass and strength
– good for your bones
– reduces cravings and late night snacking
– boosts metabolism and fat burning
– lowers blood pressure
– helps maintain weight loss
– doesn’t harm healthy kidneys
– helps heal injuries
– helps fitness

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