Welcome to part #2 of Understanding Nutrition Part 🍏
For the first couple days I am going to cover the 3 macronutrients, their roles, what they are, and which foods you can find them in.
You can all guess that the first one is the king of all 3.
Protein has MANY roles in our body as it helps repair and grow tissue, allows metabolic reactions to take place, and coordinations bodily functions.
Your body needs protein for growth and repair, without it, we would simply not have the ability to grow and develop tissue.
Protein provides structure of your body and contributes to bone density. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and is the structural protein of your bones, tendons, ligaments and skin
It is also probably the most important macronutrient that we require to build muscle in the gym. Without/ or with a lack of protein in our diet our bodies will find it quite difficult to develop quality muscle.
This is because our muscles are made up of proteins and amino acids, eating quality protein amounts will give your body sufficient amino acids to build muscle.
Foods that you can find protein in are things like:
3. Chicken breast (stick to breast, it is a leaner meat, meaning less fat)
4. Cottage Cheese
5. Greek yogurt
7. Lean beef
10. White fish (basa etc)
12, Whey Protein Powder
13. Protein bars (I would limit these because of the calories in them)
15. Bean Pasta
A high protein intake can make you burn 80-100 more calories per day, with one study showing an increase of 260 calories during overfeeding.
High-protein diets are highly satiating, so they lead to reduced hunger and appetite compared to lower protein diets. This makes it much easier to restrict calories on a high-protein diet.
Eating more protein can lead to major reductions in cravings and the desire to snack late at night. These changes should make it much easier to stick to a healthy diet.
Eating a high-protein diet can cause weight loss, even without calorie counting, portion control or carb restriction. A modest increase in protein intake can also help prevent weight regain.
Tomorrow we will cover carbohydrates, any questions make sure you ask…