Why Protein is Important
for Weight Loss
The Body's Building Blocks
Protein is muscle building food. Protein is the foundation of cellular structure that builds your organs and tissues. Building muscle means burning fat and this is good news when trying to lose weight.
Proteins are the building blocks of life. They are composed of amino acids, some made by the body and others come from food. It is an important element in the cells of your body.
Curb Your Cravings
Proteins may help to curb cravings. They signals the brain that you are full. It helps to slow the rise and fall of blood sugar and insulin and helps avoid the spike and drop of glucose in your system. Strive for an even level of blood sugar during the day to avoid food cravings.
Build Healthy Tissue
The body needs protein to repair and build tissue in the muscles and organs. Protein deficiency can mean lowered immunity and an overall feeling of tiredness and fatigue.
Proteins also assist the blood by carrying oxygen throughout the body. A lack of protein may contribute to heart disease and respiratory illness.
How much protein is enough? A portion of chicken or fish should be around 4 oz. or about the size of the palm of your hand. 8 oz. of milk or yogurt is a healthy portion. 1/4 cup nuts or seeds is a good portion for a healthy snack.
Nuts and Seeds
Whenever possible, choose organic and foods low in saturated fats. According to many experts, wild Alaska salmon is the very best source of protein, containing omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
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